When we asked a candidate to be at 10 o’clock in the morning, we want the candidate at least 10 minutes before as being early is arriving on time. Even though the importance of being on time is not universal and varies from culture to culture, it is true that in the global recruitment market is part of the interview itself.
A punctual candidate reveals commitment and interest to the company and job offer. Let’s say that you are a fan number one of Madonna and she is coming to Dubai for a concert, even if the concert starts at 20:00, as a fan number one you will be there at least 2 hours before (making sure that you have parking and you can have a great location). The same applies to the interviews, if the company & job is your interest number one, you need to be there at least 10 minutes before your job interview.
Being punctual shows your humility and respect for others. This is a tough truth but your time is not more valuable than the interviewer time. Do not make your interviewer wait for you, you are stealing his/her time and the attitude during the interview will change due to this fact. Being late will mean fewer opportunities to be THE BEST candidate.
You might remember when His Highness Sheik Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took government officers by surprise. It was a Sunday early morning (7:00 am) and some directors and officials were not there. After his early visit, a tweet was shared: “Timeless starts at the top and we won’t go after employees when their bosses aren’t there”.
Punctuality is not cultural in the workplace, it is a must.