/ Asked by Allison
I give myself plenty of time to get to job interviews, but sometimes this means that I end up arriving quite early. I assume it is possible to arrive at an interview too early, but how early would you consider too early?
Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on Monday, July 15, 2013
This falls in the bucket of "time managment" overall.  Being on time (but not too early, and not too late).  For an interview showing up 15 minutes prior to the time you are asked is appropriate.  Any earlier and the company may have candidates "piling" up in the waiting room.  I have been known to arrive at the building an hour early (due to very fast commute, etc.) and then I find a place to have a bite to eat or a coffee and wait until the appropriate time to walk in the building.
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Monday, July 15, 2013
My recommendation is to arrive in the interview waiting room 15 min early.  You always want to account for traffic challenges and/or a last minute restroom break.

Your best bet if you arrive too early to an interview is to first make sure you have the correct building, suite, or office (large corporate buildings may be confusing).  Once you know you're in the right place, consider a reviewing your resume or practice answers in your car before checking in for the interview.

 
Answered by Nikki, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Our standard is 15 minutes, as well. I'm like you and plan for the worst and hope for the best, so I have been pretty early for interviews. However, if you know the area and have some where to hang out until it gets to that time I would take advantage of that. If you don't, hang out in  your car, listen to the news, play on your phone, etc. Too early can be the same as being late. Good luck in your job search!
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
It is always better to be early than late, so you are taking the right approach! While a candidate's tardiness can be viewed as a sign of irresponsibility and lack of respect for the interviewer's time, you will not be judged as harshly for arriving too early. However, you should be respectful of your interviewer's time on the early side of the interview spectrum as well. If you are like me, and don't like to risk being late, then my suggestion is to continue arriving to the area early. But do yourself a favor and don't check-in until at least 15 minutes prior to your meeting. Some offices will have a long security line, so 15 minutes is all you need. Arriving any sooner than that can also be perceived as a lack of respect for others' time, as they likely have other things to do.
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