Why You Shouldn’t Get To An Interview Early

Recruitment Interviews

Recruitment consultants and hiring managers are busy

Recruitment consultants and hiring managers are busy people with busy diaries. A normal day is probably a mix of scheduled meetings, interviews and calls alongside a big ‘to do list’. Plus battling with a demanding/ever changing workload. Success within their busy day often depends on their schedule running according to plan. They organise interviews precisely so they have enough preparation and ‘wrap up’ time, before and after the meeting.

Making a good first impression

Making a good first impression is important and that starts from the moment you arrive for an interview. As a potential employee the hiring manager will evaluate you as fit to the company and a role.  You will be evaluated as a fit to the company and a role. You’ve done your interview preparation and feel ready but timing’s also key. It’s frowned upon to be late without having a great reason.  Being late without a good reason is frowned upon. For an interviewer, it’s equally irritating to be too early – did you realise?

Being too early for an interview, in our opinion, shows a lack of planning ability and a lack of good judgement.

You might be seen early but it’s more likely that you’ll be asked to ‘come back at the right time’ or find yourself waiting in the reception area. That’s assuming the company have one. The interviewer might also feel under pressure to see you early which potentially gets your interview off to a hurried or somewhat stressful start.

What’s our advice?

Our advice when thinking about an arrival time for an interview is:

Plan to walk through the door to your interview no more than 10 minutes early

It’s quite likely that you’ll arrive earlier than this, given that you’ll have planned your journey to take into consideration any hold ups.

Find somewhere to wait outside until the appropriate time

Use to the time you are waiting to rehearse your answers to standard interview questions. Or have a last minute look at the company’s social media profiles or website for their latest news. Or just go and find somewhere to have a drink and relax and overcome those last minute pre-interview nerves.

The very best of luck!


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