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Old 05-26-2013, 05:58 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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ya... because that's the only other option

Yes applying to jobs that are closer to home so I won't be traveling for a long period of time.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Every career services person in college is going to tell you to show up to an interview 5-10 minutes early, but no more. Maybe I'm young and dumb but I follow that standard. I do go ahead and tell the receptionist I'm here. If being 5 minutes early is that big of deal then there are problems to begin with. When setting up an interview I leave it up to the hiring manager to schedule the time. I only reschedule or change their time if it's a problem on my end. So, with that logic, they should be ready for me, however I realize stuff happens; you're not at your desk, there's an emergency, you're in the bathroom, you're on the phone and it's running long, that's fine. I get it. No biggie.

For my first interview for a "big kid" job out of college I was a little early, no more than 5-10 minutes. The hiring manager wasn't ready for me, fine. I took a seat. 5 minutes pass. 10 minutes pass. The receptionist tells me the person I'm interviewing with is tied up, etc. The co-owner of the company just happened to be roaming around and talked to me, asked me who I was, what I was interviewing for, did I need anything, etc. Finally the person who I was interviewing with came down...just to shake my hand and tell me he's too busy to do my interview and that I would be interviewing with somebody else. OK, fine. They too are running behind. I think the group can understand where it goes from here. The interview was short and not sweet and I didn't get the job.

A couple months later I got an interview for a job I was hardly qualified for other than the fact I was proficient in the particular software that was required. I had to reschedule my interview to earlier in the day because my job at the time was second shift. Let's say the interview was 9:30 a.m. Same deal. I get there five or so minutes before, told the receptionist I was here. I actually had to fill out a paper application in the lobby while the receptionist couldn't find the hiring manager. She wasn't sure if he had gotten work yet. She even asked if I had his phone number so I could call him to let him know I was there. I said no and that I'd wait for him in the lobby. When the hiring manager did come out to greet me and during the tour of the station he thought I was somebody else and then after I jogged his memory he was like "Oh yeah, I brought you in because you had Avid experience". Beyond that I thought the interview went pretty well but I still didn't get the job.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: SC
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I have interviewed a TON.

I'd like to share my observation with you all. Feel free to strike it down any way you wish. I won't change my mind because I have had too many experiences with this.

For me to get to an interview on time, I have to leave several hours before the interview to make it on time due to my location.

I have repeated this experiment over and over inadvertently.

It can take me 3 hours to get to my interview depending on traffic, so I always prepare for the worst case scenario.

This often gets me there about 45 minutes early on average. I have only ONCE gotten a position that I was substantially early for.

Every other time, the interviewers beat the crap out of me with technical questions until I could not answer one...and then it was OVER.

After experiencing this so many times, for the position I actually did get, I asked the recruiter over and over whether or not it was ok for me to go in early based upon my past experiences. The recruiter said I would be fine (recruiter might have ok'd this with the interviewer) and I proceeded.

I also notice that if the interviewer is late to an interview, you are hosed. You'd expect some sympathy being that you had to sit there for an hour but I have found it has had the opposite effect.

I was once held up for about an hour at a military base and couldn't get on because the interviewer wouldn't answer their phone/show up etc.

Finally I got in there and the interviewer pounded the heck out of me with questions to the degree that I could not answer one....didn't get the job!

Just sharing my experiences.

^^ This reads like a comedy of errors lol

I use this rule: Don't go in more than 15 mins or less than 10 mins before your interview's stated time. You want to look punctual but not psychotic.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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^^ This reads like a comedy of errors lol

I use this rule: Don't go in more than 15 mins or less than 10 mins before your interview's stated time. You want to look punctual but not psychotic.
I'm always ten minutes early. I want to have time in their lobby looking around and seeing what the corporate culture is like. I want to see if people look happy to be there or grumpy. I also want to read any literature or propaganda in the lobby about the company.

However, I went in for an interview 10 minutes early last week. I told the receptionist to please hold off calling the interviewer. She ignored me and did it anyway.

When I met with the interviewer, I apologized for the inconvenience and told him that I had asked for the receptionist not to bother him and that I wanted to have a few minutes to gather my thoughts after a busy morning of 'meetings'

But in general, always better to be early than late.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: NJ
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with being ten minutes early and the receptionist calling. I would expect that to happen. I also wouldn't start talking about it and apologizing. Way too much focus on something that is perfectly normal.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:52 PM
 
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^^ This reads like a comedy of errors lol

I use this rule: Don't go in more than 15 mins or less than 10 mins before your interview's stated time. You want to look punctual but not psychotic.
lol
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:05 AM
 
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good story, blowing off an applicant like that is beyond the pale. i've had that happen to me with a skype interview (i had to bring in my laptop, arrange for an office to use, arrange for something time sensitive to be covered, wear makeup, etc). they cancelled at 10:59 for an 11am interview. nothing good came of it though, we just rescheduled. it was a recruiter or i don't think i would have continued the process after that.
I once had a Skype interview set up. I got dressed up in a shirt and tie, brushed my hair, and the interviewer never even logged onto Skype. I emailed her saying I was there, then later emailed her saying I was no longer interested. Still never heard back from her. This was a for a job in another state.

When I moved to the state and applied to the same position, the same woman asked to do a Skype interview. This time she showed up and told me to attend the workshop the company was having for candidates (it was a staffing agency). She showed up late to that. Speaks volumes about her.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:08 AM
 
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I once showed up about 45 minutes early because I didn't think the bus would get me to the place so fast. And it was a rehab facility, so it was basically a house and it wasn't like I could hang out in a building lobby. I didn't want to look weird just standing on the street in a residential area.

When the woman doing the interview showed up and we were heading to the office, she told me not to come so early for interviews.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:28 AM
 
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with being ten minutes early and the receptionist calling. I would expect that to happen. I also wouldn't start talking about it and apologizing. Way too much focus on something that is perfectly normal.
Not when you can hear the interviewer being perturbed.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:24 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Not when you can hear the interviewer being perturbed.
If I knew the person interviewing me was upset about me being ten minutes early that would be a good sign it wasn't someone I wanted to work for. Interviews work both ways.
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