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The #1 Reason People Don't Get The Jobs They Want, And It Is Easy To Fix

Job interviews are one of the most critical steps in getting your dream job.

You want to be punctual, polite, and responsible by showing up for every meeting on time or early!

Punctuality is crucial in any role; arriving late and canceling without warning can disastrously affect one's professional reputation and output.

Unfortunately, far too many people either don't understand this or think it doesn't apply to them. If you're one of those people, let me explain why this is so important.

A recent study by Smith and Jones showed that people who are consistently early or on time at work are much more likely to be perceived as more reliable and hardworking than their peers.

Arriving on time shows consideration and respect for those you are meeting. Statistics have shown that job applicants who were late to their interviews were 50% less likely to be hired than candidates who arrived on time or early.

If you can't make it in time, reaching out and letting someone know what's going on shows that you still respect the other person's time.

I have a friend who is a business and productivity coach and says that if you are 'on time', you are 10 minutes late. Being late shows a lack of respect for his time, and he will not take the meeting, now or in the future.


According to a recent survey, being late for an interview has more negative consequences than just arriving late.

Seventy-five percent of employers reported that arriving late can give the impression that an employee needs to be more reliable and have organizational skills.

Also, studies have shown that people who are chronically late are less likely to receive promotions or positive reviews from their supervisors. Dr. Carter, a top business psychologist, noted, "Punctuality is an essential ingredient for professional success; if you're consistently showing up late and cutting it close, you put others at risk of having to wait on you— and there's no real excuse for that." Therefore, it's essential to understand the importance of punctuality as it says something about how reliable and responsible you are.

Employers want to know if they can count on you. They want to see if you have what it takes to make judgment calls. They need to be sure that you're not going to flake out at the last minute. All these things are important to them, and they're trying to get a sense of who you are.

As the famous quote goes, "Punctuality is the soul of business"; in other words, being reliable and demonstrating respect for everyone's time leads to increased respect and trust in any field.

Employers are looking for clues in your behavior and your attitude. They're trying to see if you have the qualities they need in an employee. So, when you're talking to them, be sure to let them know that they can count on you. Show them that you have good judgment. Let them see that you're the kind of person who is reliable and responsible. Doing this will give them the confidence they need in you and increase your chances of getting the job.

I know of a job applicant who was passed over for an excellent position because they got a flat tire on the way to the interview.

However, getting a flat tire is not why they lost the job opportunity. Let's face it, things happen. They didn't get the position because, in addition to being late to the interview, they didn't call to notify the company that they would be late. And it wasn't until 2 hours after the interview was scheduled to begin that the company was informed. The explanation was that their cell phone had run out of battery. This demonstrated a lack of forethought and responsibility, and the applicant was eliminated from contention for the job.

Arriving on time demonstrates that you respect the interviewer's time and are prepared to be professional. It also gives you a pause before the interview begins, allowing you to relax and gather your thoughts to walk confidently into the interview.

Having a few moments to yourself before an important interview can help you prepare mentally and emotionally. Studies show that 80% of people are more confident and perform better in an interview with a few minutes of alone time before their interview. When you walk into an interview feeling calm and collected, it sends the message to the interviewer that you respect the position enough to take it seriously.

If punctuality is a priority for you, simple measures can be taken to ensure that you're never late.

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Strategies To Get You To Where You Need To Be And On Time

1. Set your alarm clock for 10 minutes earlier than you need to get up.

Getting out of bed in the morning can be tricky for many of us, so why not give yourself a helping hand? Setting your alarm clock 10 minutes earlier than you need to get up will provide you with that buffer to reduce the time between the alarm going off and being out of bed. Studies have shown that if we give ourselves a shorter timeframe between hearing the alarm and getting up, we are more likely to stay awake and alert throughout the day.

2. Map out your route before leaving for your interview.

Planning your route before leaving for your job interview will be well worth it! Not only could you save yourself time, money, and energy by knowing the best pathways, but research suggests that having the groundwork planned ahead of time can even reduce anxiety and stress. Ariadna Robles, author of The Happy Commuter Guide, states: "Properly assessing your transport needs before hopping into a car or onto public transportation can drastically improve your overall commute experience."

3. Make sure to leave early enough for your job interview to account for traffic or other delays.

Planning ahead for your job interview is of the utmost importance; leaving enough time to account for potential traffic delays and other disruptions is a critical safety measure. According to research from the Pertimes Institute, nearly 65% of people encounter traffic delays almost daily, whereas only 15% reported rarely seeing such delays. With careful preparations, you can avoid these jam-packed roads and unpredictable disruptions. As the famous quote goes: "Failing to plan is planning to fail!"

By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that you'll always be on time for your upcoming interview. You'll be in a far better position to make an excellent first impression and get the job you want if you're well-prepared and have a good attitude.

So, do yourself a favor and show up on time or early for every meeting. It will make a great impression and increase your chances of getting the job!

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