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Old 02-15-2014, 08:25 AM
 
Location: NJ
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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.
You could have walked around the block. Or tried to find a coffee shop. You could have just hung out at the bus stop. Plenty of options.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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You could have walked around the block. Or tried to find a coffee shop. You could have just hung out at the bus stop. Plenty of options.
I didn't know where I was and didn't want to wander around. I didn't know that the bus dropped me off literally right in front of the house I was interviewing at.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:49 AM
 
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Ahhh...

The pleasures and memories of being early to a job interview.

Sitting in your car with over 30 minutes before the interview, overdressed, over-cologned up, not wanting to move very much to cause a sweat to break out or wanting to wrinkle your button down or suit, realizing you forgot some of the details you had rehearsed in your head on the way there.

Then the best part of the interview, thinking about what you said right or wrong on the way back home... trying to make sense of every reaction the interviewer gave and trying to get a read on whether they liked you or not... wondering how many other people were being considered for the position... wondering how soon you should send that follow-up email... wondering why you have not heard back yet...

I hope I do not have to go through that for a while, if ever again. :/

General rule of thumb, I usually walk into the interview location 5-8 minutes early.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:50 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Old post, but as someone who just recently started a position with some recruiting duties, I will say DO NOT ARRIVE MORE THAN 10 MINUTES EARLY FOR YOUR INTERVIEW! We have so many more issues with people arriving early than late or doing a no call, no show.
We schedule people at certain times for a couple of reasons. One - we have multiple people scheduled throughout the day. We also work scheduling around lunches, breaks, meetings, etc. Two - We want to see if you can listen and tell time.

We had one person come in an hour and a half early! My colleague was doing the interview and made the guy sit and wait until his actual interview time. We've had others arrive 45 minutes to an hour early. It makes absolutely no sense to me. If you get here early, wait in your car, or drive around the neighborhood. Don't come in and assume that we are going to drop everything to interview you early.
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