Don’t #2: Don’t be late to your college interview

This article is part of a series, 10 Tips for Acing Your College Interviews.

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I’m going to sound like a nag here. But for the sake of due diligence, I need to spell it out.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to your college interview, so you have time to check in, gather yourself, use the bathroom, etc.

Showing up late is a sign of disrespect.

It sends the message that you don’t value the other person’s time. And people don’t want to hear excuses, especially lame ones, like “I got stuck in traffic” or “I spilled coffee all over my shirt.”

If you have a genuine emergency that’s going to force you to be late, call your interviewer as soon as you know you’ll be late to let her know.

If you call to say you’ll be late ahead of the appointed time and offer a brief, plausible explanation, your interviewer is much more likely to be understanding. That’s because you’ve shown respect for her time.

Dr. Sean

Dr. Sean

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Dr. Sean has over a decade of teaching experience at universities in the US and Asia. He earned a BA with honors from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of London. You can read more about his teaching and research here.
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