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Old 04-28-2019, 05:18 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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The key is to not be late. For the most part - you are shooting for 15 min early just to add some cushion in case something happens on your way there.

How much cushion you actually give really depends on the location. Living in the DC metro area - I'll typically shoot for 30-45 min early as traffic will always F with you. If by chance I actually arrive 30-45 before my scheduled time, I can always find a coffee shop and just relax and go over my notes. This just eliminates any stress - something I don't need before I'm interviewing for a job.

I used to arrive and announce myself 10-15 min before my appt. But after years of managing staff and conducting interviews myself. I realized I don't really care when the candidate arrives as long as they are not more than a few mins late.

Of course, the opinion that counts the most is the person conducting the interview.
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Old 04-28-2019, 06:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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I've always lived by the philosophy that if you aren't 15 minutes early, you are 15 minutes late. Its served me well.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:54 AM
 
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One thing I'll add from my experience at a recent interview at a firm in a large Manhattan office building - allow substantial time to get through security once you're in the building lobby. This didn't used to be a concern before 9/11, but nowadays in big office buildings in big cities, anywhere that's security conscious, it can take 15-20 minutes to get through security (sign in, photo, visitor's pass) if there's a line and only 1-2 security guards tasked to register visitors.

I thought I was early but arrived at the office upstairs (what really counts) just on time.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:08 AM
 
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I don't think the interviewer really even knows what time you arrive unless you are late. It's the receptionist who knows.
Yes, there is no checkbox for them to report to the hiring manager if you arrived 5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes early. You need to be not late that's all. If it makes you feel better to be sitting in your car or the starbucks next door 30 minutes before the interview than do it.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:22 AM
 
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Years ago I read that the best time to arrive was around five minutes or so right before the interview, so I did that on interviews.

Guess I'll arrive a little earlier.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-e...b02e7a705c1e15
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Amy Polefrone, the CEO of HR Strategy Group, told HuffPost that 10-15 minutes early is best because it shows that ďyouíre ready, youíre eager and that you have your game face on.Ē
So the receptionist or the security guard is really going to monitor you to see if you are ready, eager and have a game face on. And how and where is this information recorded and passed along? It isn't.

And what does Amy do at HR Strategy Group? She advises HR departments which is why this article was published to give free advertising for her firm so she gets more customers for her company. Maybe the article should be about something really useful, like telling HR not to have 3-4 rounds of interviews for every non-supervisory job.

What adult doesn't know you shouldn't be late to any sort of appointment?
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Outside US
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Years ago I read that the best time to arrive was around five minutes or so right before the interview, so I did that on interviews.

Guess I'll arrive a little earlier.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-e...b02e7a705c1e15
I've always done 15 min before.

But.... The nuts & bolts of the interview matter.
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Old 04-29-2019, 07:24 AM
 
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So the receptionist or the security guard is really going to monitor you to see if you are ready, eager and have a game face on. And how and where is this information recorded and passed along? It isn't.
Rule #1 of any office setting is to make sure the receptionist knows and likes you. They influence decisions more than people realize, and are definitely asked what they think of candidates.
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Old 04-29-2019, 07:35 AM
 
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I don't think the interviewer really even knows what time you arrive unless you are late. It's the receptionist who knows.
Strange, because at the last two places Iíve worked, theyíve specifically asked the receptionist what time people arrived and for any observations about the interviewee. I know one manager would ding people for being way too early, for example.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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This really isn't that difficult. Arrive before your interview and you will be fine. If they check some box saying you didn't arrive early enough (which no one in their right mind would do) then I wouldn't want to work there anyways!
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:21 AM
 
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Iím always walking in 15 mins early but arrive way earlier than that to make sure I donít hit traffic. I get a coffee, prepare myself mentally and relax for a few before walking in.
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