Over the years in my capacities at all levels of sales and executive management, I have interviewed hundreds of candidates for various sales and sales management positions. With that experience to my credit, I can say that, without a doubt, punctuality counts!
These days though, punctuality goes beyond just arriving 10 minutes before a scheduled face to face interview, however. Now, being on time also means being punctual with your online and telephone communications as well.
For example, email requests from recruiters to book interviews or to request further information should be answered within 24 hours, at the very latest. If you can’t respond to an email from a recruiter about a job you applied for within a day, you certainly are not giving an impression that you will respond to customer inquiries in a timely fashion either.
Telephone and online video interviews are becoming much more the norm these days as technology is allowing recruiters to interview in different cities without the need to travel. If you have one of these interviews scheduled, you should be prepared and ready to answer the call at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time. If it’s for an online video interview, test your microphone and speakers ahead of time and dress for the call just as you would for a face to face interview.
In the recruiting process, everything you do or don’t do reflects on your character and your suitability as a potential employee. Being late, regardless of the mode of communication, only shows you have a lack of respect.
Remember as Lik Hock Yap Ivan once said, “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.” Punctuality is a choice. Simply put, just choose not to be late.
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