First impression can take you a long way, we all know that if you don’t hand in your application on time you wouldn’t be considered – then you shouldn’t be arriving at your interview late or barely on time.
At any professional environment, paid or unpaid, showing up late implies that you are disorganised and unable to manage your schedule properly; or simply not caring about this job enough to be there at a timely manner; or respect the HR process and the company; any of these can cost you an opportunity.
To avoid this major mistake, why not doing a dry-run to make sure that you know your way from home to (almost) the reception desk at your interviewer? Don’t go in and surprise the receptionist though!
On the day of the interview, arriving 15 minutes in advance can be a great way to show that you’re keen and well organised. The 15 minutes can also be a great buffer to handle your nerves, recover from unexpected traffic or enjoy a quick cup of coffee or tea.
If your interview is conducted via a webcam, make sure that you’re ready 15 minutes prior to the session, send a quick hello message to your interviewer and offer to test the connection with them. It is unlikely that they’d respond but it is another nice way to show that you are taking initiative!