Question of the day

Would you rather show up for a job interview muddy and wet because you fell while running to make it on time OR risk being though of as unreliable by canceling the appointment after you fell and are muddy and wet?

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15 Responses to Question of the day

  1. Jenny says:

    depending on the job. I would rather show up wet and muddy than to cancel at the last minute

  2. Joy says:

    I’d rather be on time also. I think it would show perseverance. The thought of being late for something important makes me break out in hives. Monday morning when I had to wake up at 5:15 AM to take my mom to the hospital, I was so paranoid of oversleeping that I set two alarm clocks plus my cell phone alarm. The worst part is I never oversleep. I wake up mysteriously a few minutes before my alarm ALL THE TIME. I guess I was scared.

    • Laura says:

      I wake up early all the time, too! It’s like my body has this internal clock and knows exactly what time it is, even if I’m unconscious. It used to freak me out, but now I’m beginning to enjoy it, even rely on it. Although, if I have somewhere I absolutely must be, I’ll set an alarm, just in case. But so far, my body has not failed me.

    • Jenny says:

      I wake up all the time before the alarm clock too. I guess I hate being rushed by that stupid buzzing sound. I’ve always been this way. I hate being late so I automatically wake up somehow.

  3. Laura says:

    I’d much rather show up all cruddy. Like Joy said, it shows perseverance. And if I was that interviewer, I’d immediately offer to reschedule with no penalty.

  4. SKL says:

    It would depend on how badly I muddied myself. I would not want their first impression of me to be a complete mess. Also, I would think it would reflect badly on me if I assumed they would not be understanding and reschedule in a professional manner. How could I expect them to concentrate on my qualifications and not be distracted by my dripping, nasty self? What’s the point of an interview anyway, other than to show them the kind of impression I will give clients, etc., in face-to-face meetings? However, if I’d just got my shoes dirty or got a bit of dirt on one part of my suit, I’d probably wipe it off as best I could and just explain what happened and move on with the interview.

    • SKL says:

      Of course I would call and inform the employer in advance, if I was going to need to reschedule. So the “promptness” would not be an issue.

      • mssc54 says:

        Nope. Calling is just one step above the person who doesn’t even bother to show up. Think about it. You have a dozen people to interview for a single position. Nine people show up at the designated time. Two people don’t call. One calls with an “emergency” and wants to reschedule. Which of the twelve with scheduled appoitments will get the most consideration?

        I’m just hard and unreasonable like that. 🙂

        • SKL says:

          Well, I think it might also depend on what kind of job. In my profession, unless it’s really impractical, you reschedule rather than try to perform when you are in no condition to do so. And if I were the interviewer, I really would rather not try to have an intelligent conversation with someone who looks like they just crawled out of a manhole. How is that supposed to show me how this person will work out in my office? Punctuality is the least of my worries in my day-to-day job. True, I might hire someone else if a great candidate showed up and had a great interview. However, I would most definitely reschedule and give every interviewee at least one chance to impress me. I would already have had to be impressed by his resume, or I wouldn’t have given them a time slot in the first place. And I don’t make hiring decisions “on the spot.”

          This would not work is, for example, I were flying in from another city / country for the interview, and rescheduling would mean flying in again. But generally, I’d give an interviewee the benefit of the doubt, because I’ve already screened them and it’s no big problem to reschedule.

    • Joy says:

      You sound just like Paul Michael. He gets people who email applications and he hires the person who comes to see him in person without even thinking about it.

  5. mssc54 says:

    I have owned a service business for nearly 30 years. I have learned that if we can just show up on time we are ahead of MOST other companies!

    Now looking at it from an employers’ point of view; I would rather a perspective employee show up on time. That level of committment (regardless of circumstances) would automatically speak volumes about the individuals integrity, committment, dedication and hunger to acquire the job!

  6. Nikki says:

    I’d show up muddy, before I risked cancelling or being late. It shows you are there to get the job, no matter what.

  7. I think I would always prefer to show up on time. Because then the boss/interviewer can SEE that I’m muddy, rather than taking my word for it if I arrive late and explain that I had to clean up. Explaining always sounds like an excuse in these situations…

  8. SKL says:

    My best hire was a guy I met during a charity fundraiser. One of my co-directors’ wife heard me whining about recruiting and grabbed the mic and announced that I was looking to hire someone. A young MBA student came over and impressed me immediately. I still can’t believe how much I lucked out. Smart, sweet, professional, hard-working, practical, a great team-player, one who could trust and be trusted. I hope he liked working for me.

  9. Phyllis says:

    I’m with the majority on this one. Better to be on time and messy than call and try to explain. One shows perseverence in the face of tricky problems, as well as thinking the situation though (which an employer should like), the other leaves an impression of “oh, well, I’ll just call and they’ll understand”, which could make an impression of “I’m important, and they’ll just have to deal”. I do hope that in that situation the interviewer would be kind enough to reschedule after an explanation of the circumstances.

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