Job Search Tip of the Week # 138: Early is the New On Time!

Good Afternoon!

Today was the first day of school in the Dow household!  Yes, the first day of school and Labor Day hasn’t even happened yet…crazy right?  My daughter was up early, super excited and ready to see her friends, new teacher and all that the new school year has to offer.  That also means we are back on our schedule!  In our house our motto and mindset is, “Early is the New On Time”!  This should also be your motto when looking for a new position.

Tip of the Week: Early is the New On Time!

“Early is the new on time”. There is no excuse for being late to an interview. It doesn’t matter if your reason is valid or not, being late starts you out on the wrong foot and doesn’t set the right tone. Further it puts you in the wrong mind state.

Going into an interview you want to be relaxed, confident, and with a clear picture of the image you want to project. When you are late your back is already against the wall because you are concerned with the fact that you were late and communicating your value becomes secondary.

I suggest you arrive 5-10 minutes early for an interview. You may also give thought to arriving as much as 15-20 minutes early to sit in your car gather yourself, review your notes or even to take a few deep breaths.

Being early sets the right tone for the interview, puts you in the right mind state, and lets the interviewer know that you are someone that can be counted upon.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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