I scheduled 6 professional candidates for job interviews. Two arrived late…late, no call, and each lived in the same city where the interviews took place! Their candidacy went up in flames in that single moment. One of them rushed in, so obviously rattled by her belated arrival, that even if I forgave her tardiness, it wouldn’t have mattered because her performance was so off that I quickly dismissed her.
Being late for a job interview is a major league red flag. There are few acceptable excuses. If you want the job, you have to show up on time!