Before his interview, a candidate lost out on a job because he stopped to tie his shoes.
He was interviewing at a company that has a zero tolerance policy for lateness for current employees. As for potential employees? Let’s just say that if you’re late for an interview, you no longer have an interview.
Regardless of a company’s tardiness policy, 7 out of 10 HR Managers say that if a candidate shows up late, they’re not getting the job.
Of course, it wasn’t just the shoe tying that made him late.
In all of the preparation he had been doing for his interview, he overlooked one major detail: Looking up directions to where his interview would take place. He had walked by the building hundreds of times. But he had never actually mapped out how long it would take him to get there. He also didn’t factor in time for unforeseen delays – you know, like having to tie his shoes. If you’re just starting your job search or have been off your interview game for a while, these things can happen. It’s my job to anticipate these details and teach my clients how to avoid them so that they can bring the job offers and salary hikes in!
Here are a few of the interview slip-ups I’ve seen cost completely qualified candidates their dream jobs. (more…)