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Old 04-29-2019, 08:21 AM
 
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Strange, because at the last two places I’ve worked, they’ve 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.

I have heard of cattle call interviews where you are watched before the interview. Are you frowning or making small talk with others beforehand? Giving a leave me alone signal or welcoming. The part about when you arrived other than late is a bit creppy to me. Whats next? Did the person ask to use the restroom before and how long? I swear the cat and mouse games are ridiculous with interviews.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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10-15 minutes is fine. However, if you are going to a large company or visiting a company in a major city office building, make sure you account for the time it takes to get through security. When I go to meetings in Manhattan, some of the security check in points take extra time during peak times.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:25 AM
 
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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.
Ah, no they don't. The people who work monitoring the lobby for visitors don't communicate with anyone else as part of the interview team. I wouldn't even know who to ask who was covering the lobby when we interview people.

You should be professional always, but as a hiring manager I don't go to the security personnel and ask how early someone arrived or if they were chatty or not. They are going to be interviewed by me and the rest of the team, we can handle it.

I wish people wouldn't heap more misinformation on job seekers telling them unimportant things which just cases stress for people. We are running a business, not playing games here. We don't take them to lunch to see if they put salt in their soap before they taste it or anything other useless hoops or tricks.

In a doctor's office and in academia it really matters to be friendly with the receptionist, because they are more willing to help you if you aren't rude to them.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:26 AM
 
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Strange, because at the last two places I’ve worked, they’ve 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.
What kind of company is this and the number of employees?
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:09 PM
 
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I take an honest estimate of how long it will get there. Then add a 30-45 minute buffer if I'm going to a place which requires a long public transportation haul. I usually arrive early and take a 10-15 minute break at a food joint to prepare for the interview. Then I arrive 10 minutes before the interview.

If I'm near by, I add a 5-10 minute buffer and arrive 10 minutes before the interview.
I’m a “just in case” person. I leave huge buffers whether job interview or flight (I leave for airport which is 40 minutes away 3 hours before my flight). I’d rather sit in the parking lot in my car for 30 minutes than risk being late. I would probably come on the forum and the time would go by fast.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:15 PM
 
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I ARRIVE at the building upwards of 30 mins early in the event I run into traffic, delays, etc. I go into the building between 10-15 mins prior to the scheduled interview. I sit in my car for the last 15 minutes and do some last minute preparation for the interview....company knowledge, going over standard question/answers, etc.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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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.

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?
This is so wrong. Always take time to talk to the secretary or receptionist in front. You can bet her impressions of you will get to her boss. I remember one old gal who used to run the department but retired. Their receptionist was off having a baby, so she came out of retirement for a month so they wouldn't have to hire a temp and then lay her off. I, of course, knew nothing of this, until she sent the phone to voice mail and walked in to sit on the interview committee. The fact that I had treated her with interest and respect got me the job. That wasn't the first time, either.

Yes, arrive early. Talk to the people in the office. They are going to be your co-workers, and the boss is going to be looking for someone who is a good fit with the team. You can bet that their opinion will be heard.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:31 PM
 
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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.
Yup.

It would also be nice if they didn't keep people waiting around for interviews for over an hour (it happened to me once before) for no reason. It was a waste of time.
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Old 04-29-2019, 05:55 PM
 
Location: ohio
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Yes you should arrive early.

No, you should not enter and greet the receptionist 15 minutes early. Interview at 2, go in at 1:55. Going in 15 min early doesnt make you a go getter, it makes you someone who cannot follow the simplest instructions.

Also, in about 20% of the interviews I have had the interviewer is late, from a few minutes up to 20 minutes, normally due to something unexpected coming up.

The odds that your friendly greeting to the receptionist or security will have impact on your hiring are as close to zero as your odds of winning the Powerball.

source: 40 years in the real world of employment.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Folsom
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I always tried do the dry run to the location before the actual interview. On the interview day, if I was too early, I'd wait in my car until just before the interview....whatever the protocol at the time was.
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