88% of hirers think turning up late for an interview is acceptable
Published: 02 Aug 2012 By Simon Lewis
Poor preparation is fine, poll reveals
Despite an overcrowded jobseeker climate, hiring companies are prepared to accept tardy candidates, a shocking new poll has revealed.
The poll, which attracted more than 1600 votes and 92 comments, asked: “How would a candidate’s chances fair if they turned up late for your interview?” More than one third of respondents said it would be fine so long as the interviewee had an excuse.
For me there are few excuses that could ever justify arriving late for an interview. It’s all down to preparation. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! Instead of arriving late, why not arrive extra early and order the coffees in for you and the interviewer? If you’re in the creative industry, this sort of thing stands you out from the crowd.
Personally, if someone turned up late for an interview for my team without prior warning, I’d turn them away. There is no room for tardiness in today’s demanding climate.
Here are the results of the poll: