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Arriving "SUPER EARLY" for interview

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runnerdoug87 runnerdoug87 (Member)

Hi I have an interview this coming Monday. I believe the interview is between 8-8:30 in the morning. However, I wrote down 8 for the time of the meeting on Monday, but can recall the recruiter stating would be 8:30. Normally receive confirmation about interview a business day prior, but no call back. I made the extra step to confirm it myself the business day prior with the recruiter handling my application.

Apologize for the story above, but arriving 40-30 minutes early for an interview will that ruin my chances of an offer? Trying to weigh in some thoughts here. I am sure the interview is at 8:30, but going to play it safe and arrive at 7:50.

Appreciate the feedback

I always arrive early for an interview and would advise other people to do the same! It gives me a chance to relax and review what I want to say. I wouldn't consider that super early either. I think employers appreciate someone arriving a little early.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

That's not super early. Arriving at 6 or 7 am would be

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Perhaps I am misunderstanding, but perhaps the recruiter plans to start the interview at 8:00am and end it at 8:30am. I've never heard of any recruiter or interviewer instructing a candidate to arrive between 8am and 8:30am. It's either one or the other.

To err on the side of safety I'd arrive at 7:50am just like you planned because I am almost certain this interview is starting at 8:00am.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

At my newest position, I arrived early for the interview, and I had to fill out a paper application, even though I had filled an electronic application.

I wrote 8 am as the time of the interview. However, I am nervous about the interview and feel.that it is at 8:30 am. I called.the recruiter Friday saying confirming my interview for Monday at 8 and leaving her a message. I know for certain heard her say 8:30 on Wednesday thinking about it. Wondering if I should show up at 8 or 8:30 now?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Wondering if I should show up at 8 or 8:30 now?

If you do happen to arrive at 8:30 when the time really was 8:00, then you will never be considered for the position because interviewers strongly dislike tardiness in a candidate. Ask me how I know that.

If you're now unsure of the time, play it safe and arrive a few minutes prior to 8:00 like you had previously been intending to do.

chiandre

Specializes in EDUCATION;HOMECARE;MATERNAL-CHILD; PSYCH. Has 25 years experience.

I show up early and make it a point to apologize for being early. Employers love that. It shows them that you are reliable.

Going in early will give you the opportunity to see how people are interacting, and help you deal with any surprises.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

I arrive an hour early everywhere I go, whether it's an interview, job, or social event; even if it means sitting in the car, lobby, or waiting area. As soon as you plan for a down-to-the-minute arrival, there will be an accident, new construction zone, road closure, or a 90-year-old driver to hold you up. (I would rather not go at all than to be late to anything.....been this way for most of my career).

I must say that this a great habit to have because employers are very understanding when that rare occasion pops up and you are late, because you've already conditioned them to know that if you are, something beyond your control has happened. Your colleagues appreciate it, too, because they know that they can depend on you to be the one to not hold them up when they are trying to end their shift and to home.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

At my newest position, I arrived early for the interview, and I had to fill out a paper application, even though I had filled an electronic application.

I hate when they make you do that!!! Why don't they just print out the electronic one and have the applicant to sign it if it's all about a handwritten signature or whatever the case is? One recruiter told me that it had something to do with the format of the electronic copy....sounds to me like that need to have a meeting with the IT people.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

I hate when they make you do that!!! Why don't they just print out the electronic one and have the applicant to sign it if it's all about a handwritten signature or whatever the case is? One recruiter told me that it had something to do with the format of the electronic copy....sounds to me like that need to have a meeting with the IT people.

I agree.

They HAD a copy of my electronic application too. :no:

cowboy up

Specializes in geriatric/long term care. Has 16 years experience.

Arriving early is always a positive in my book. It says that you will be punctual and that you take this job seriouslyArriving late for a interview sends a horrible message. You probably impressed them good job

Arriving early is always a good thing. I always leave myself a hour when have something to do or more, and if you get there to early you don't have to go inside sit in the car and relax a bit.:)