Picture this: The clock is ticking, you’re stuck in endless traffic and you just know you’re going to be late to your interview. Running late to an important job interview can easily throw you off course, putting you in a tailspin of not knowing what to do or say.
If you find yourself in this position, here are three steps to follow so you don’t completely blow your interview before it’s even begun.
Make the Call
While you may feel nervous to break the news you’re running late, it’s imperative you call the company as soon as you determine you won’t arrive on time. In general, the sooner you provide notice, the better off you’ll be in the eyes of the hiring manager.
On the call, provide an estimated time of arrival, so they know when to expect you. Explain to the hiring manager you respect their time and offer right away to reschedule the interview if they’d prefer. Being respectful of the interviewer’s time will help to alleviate some of the agitation they may exhibit towards you in this situation.
Offer a Sincere Apology
Before going into any sort of explanation, it’s best to apologize up front for being late. Once you express an apology, give a brief explanation to the hiring manager about the circumstances, such as an unforeseen traffic jam or a personal emergency that interfered with your schedule. If you’re sincere and authentic, hopefully the employer will understand and not hold it against you in the hiring process.
Be a Rock-Star Interviewee
Once you arrive to an interview late, there’s not much you can do about it. What you can do, however, is give a rock-star interview performance. While this won’t necessarily compensate for arriving late, it will show the hiring manager you’re prepared for the interview, even though things got off on a rocky start.
Exhibiting proper manners and answering questions with clarity and confidence will demonstrate you’re taking the interview seriously and can conduct yourself professionally, no matter what challenges you face along the way. This behavior will speak volumes as to how you would handle yourself as a potential employee at the company.
When running late for an interview, reacting with stress and anger will get you nowhere. While it’s certainly easier said than done, remembering the tips above will help you stay cool, calm and collected even when you feel like things are out of control!
Looking for new employment? Give your job search a boost with Durham Staffing, a temporary employment agency based in Buffalo, NY. Contact us today to get started.