Timeliness

An interview is your opportunity to make a good first impression.  This is why it is imperative to be on time.  Whether it is a phone interview or an in-person interview, being on time shows that you are responsible.  If you have a morning interview, be sure to check and double-check your alarm the night before to be sure it is set for the correct time.  Get up extra early so that you are well-prepared and alert by the time of your interview.  Although it is generally good to be early, don’t be too early.  Employers schedule interviews for a specific time for a reason.  They often are interviewing on a tight schedule, and showing up more than 5-10 minutes before your scheduled interview can throw off the schedule.  It is best to arrive a few minutes early or right on time.  If you arrive at your destination earlier than planned, sit in your car or go to a coffee shop down the block until it is time for your scheduled interview.  Also, be sure to bring the phone number of the person you are meeting.  If you are running late for ANY reason, call the interviewer as soon as possible.