Before you begin a job interview, you’re judged on a number of things. The interviewer has reviewed your resume and application, and potentially even your social media. They will mentally notice your appearance and how you interact with those around you. What time you arrive can also play a large part in their perception.

Arriving early is crucial, but you don’t want to be so early that you look a little desperate. Planning to get there on time is planning to be late because you need wiggle room in case something goes wrong. If everything goes smoothly and you’re very early, you can relax and prepare in your vehicle before going in. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, things still go wrong, and you can’t make it on time. When that happens, don’t panic! Remember the following tips.

Give Them a Heads Up

Instead of assuming it will be fine because you’re only going to be a few minutes late, give them a courtesy call if possible. Let me know what happened and when you should be arriving. Offer to reschedule if later doesn’t work with them, and they’re willing to still see you.

Take a Moment to Breathe

If the interview is still happening, give yourself a few moments to calm down before going in. This will allow you to mentally prepare for what’s ahead and leave for what’s behind. If you just rush in, you might be filled with adrenaline and too frantic to give a proper interview. You don’t want to delay any longer, but it’s better for everyone if you breathe first.


Keep the Apology Simple

Your inclination might be to over-apologize and constantly reference your tardiness, but that can work against you. When you enter, briefly apologize, explain this isn’t like you, and move on. Continuing to babble won’t change what time you arrived, but it will take away from the interview moving forward.

Stay Positive

It can be really easy to take the apology into a spiral of regret and negativity. This is why moving on quickly is so important. You want to keep things light both for those interviewing you and for yourself.

Impress Them Despite Everything

Adaptability is an important skill, and now you have the perfect chance to show it off. You’ve entered the room calmly, offered a brief explanation and apology, and now you’re behaving as if you didn’t just have the most stressful 15 minutes of your life. This can speak to how you operate under pressure and ultimately work in your favor.

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Most companies work toward a strong company culture. In today’s world, they understand how valuable it is in both attracting talent and reducing turnover. Maybe in your own place of business, you’re proud of what you’ve built and believe it contributes to employee happiness.

Sometimes a thriving culture can start to fail. The energy that used to pulse around the office now barely hums on a good day, and there’s a lack of enthusiasm that can be felt. Resignation letters start arriving, and the ones who stay clearly aren’t satisfied. Rather than letting your culture fail you, pay attention to these red flags alerting you to a problem.

1. The Buzz is Gone

A once-lively office is now silent, with only the sounds of shifting weight and keyboard clicks. Instead of walking to bounce an idea off of someone, your employees opt for emails. There’s no small talk around the water cooler or laughter about a weekend adventure. Once the crickets come out, you should be worried.

2. The Lunchroom is Empty

Similar to a workspace devoid of noise is a lunchroom devoid of people. Instead of gathering during the lunch hour to take a real break and talk, your team chooses to sit in silence at their desks. Either they keep working or entertain themselves with no desire to speak to anyone else. Comradery is key when it comes to a healthy culture, and losing the lunchroom bonding can indicate you’re heading downhill.


3. People Have Stopped Caring

When your employees are content, they’re more likely to take care of their workspace. As your culture declines, you might notice junk and dust piling up. Gone are the days of people caring about their surroundings; now they opt for filth because they don’t care enough to clean anything.

4. There’s a Lack of Initiative

In your prime, everyone wants to be a part of the challenges. Volunteers are easy to find, and everyone works together to come up with creative solutions. Now, no one takes the initiative to go above and beyond.

5. Everyone Is Pointing Fingers

In a healthy culture, blame is shared when something goes wrong. A team is accountable, instead of a person. When things go south, people begin playing the blame game and calling out someone who is at fault. This is a survival technique, whereas companies thrive when the team sticks together.

Company Culture Depends on Who You Hire

To maintain a positive company culture, you want to bring in employees who get it and are dedicated to preserving it. Good help like this is hard to find, except when you work with Workbox Staffing. We deliver the top talent, tested to make sure they’re the best. Find out how our staffing experts can help you today!



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