In this periscope, I discuss how you should handle getting to the interview late.

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Late arrivals happen. Let's not kid ourselves. They happen all the time. The issue isn't whether you arrive late, although the preference is that you get there on time. The issue is how you deal with a late arrival.
You see, some people try to slide their way through the situation, ignoring that they're late. It's a mistake to do that.
Because you kept people waiting. They've got other things to do. They have two choices. They can abridge their interview, and bring you back, which means that they're wasting more time than they could have or they can abridge the interview. But no matter how you look at it, they're resentful at the time that you start.
So, I want to just encourage you, very simply, to handle yourself a little bit differently, and pause and, when the person comes out and greets you, just very simply say, "Hi, I'm so sorry that I'm late. It isn't that I didn't try to get here on time. I did but traffic in Austin was brutal. There was an accident that tied things up. I left with 30 minutes to spare, and should have been here on time, but (fill in the blank) occurred."
"The subways had a delay and I tried getting here to have some time to spare beforehand. But I just want you to know that I apologize for being late. This is not my normal behavior." Really, really simple.
I'll just simply say that acknowledge the lateness and then we'll let them say, "That's okay. I appreciate you explaining it," because not explaining it causes them to pause and go, "You know, where's this person going to try and slide through other stuff? What's going to happen that's going to make them get 'slippery' in a situation and leave us concerned about them."
So, please be honest about this kind of stuff and don't blow smoke.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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