Job Interview Etiquette

Job Interview Etiquette: 5 Tips to Help You Arrive on Time

One of the most important job interview etiquette rules is to arrive on time (or a bit early). However, this rule is so seemingly easy that many job candidates neglect to give it enough thought. As a result, they do not arrive on time. Avoid making this mistake by following five tips.

1. Plan Your Route in Advance

Strategizing your route is about more than glancing at subway or driving directions the night before. It is about determining the best way to arrive, and if possible, taking the route yourself in similar conditions. For example, suppose your interview is Monday at 1:45 p.m. Ideally, you would do a practice run the previous Monday (or at least one weekday). Consider factors such as parking availability, distance from subway stops and alternate transport routes.

2. Aim to Arrive 15 to 20 Minutes Early

Many job interview etiquette tips say to arrive five to 10 minutes early, but it really is best to shoot for 15 to 20 minutes early. Why? Extra cushioning in case things go awry. Give yourself that leeway to play with. (You can arrive earlier if you need to fill out paperwork or were specifically asked to get there X minutes early.)

3. Wait Elsewhere When You Are Too Early

You usually do not want to walk in for a job interview more than 10 minutes early; interviewers may feel like you are rushing them and pressuring them. Rather than risk coming across as a burden, find the office so that you are certain you know where it is, and duck into a nearby bathroom, coffee shop or your car for the remaining minutes.

4. Stay Off Social Media

Whether you are driving, getting a ride or taking the subway, stay off social media on your way to the interview. Do not risk becoming distracted or worked up, and arriving late.

5. Have Your Clothes Ready

Plan your outfit the night before to be sure you follow job interview etiquette tips. Check that your clothes fit and look good. Know how you will do your hair and accessories.