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10 Ways to Ruin a Job Interview

Be Late

The jet sat on the tarmac. It was the coldest day of the year in Burlington, Vt. I had a 10 a.m. interview in Syracuse, N.Y. I got to the Burlington airport early for the 8 a.m. flight. The plane tried to start. It wanted to start. "Rrrrrrrrrrrrw. Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrw." But the growling engines just wouldn't turn over. Then out came the jumper cables. "They jump start planes?" I asked. I'm going to die. Five hours later, I was in Syracuse, by way of Long Island.

I didn't get the job. In hindsight, I should have left the day before and stayed in a hotel. Being on time to an interview is rule No. 1. It doesn't matter if you follow all the other rules. If you're late, you're won't be hired. A job interview is the time where a prospective employer should see you at your best. Being late, for whatever reason, screams unreliable.

The only excuse to being late for a job interview is if a natural calamity, such as an earthquake, flooding or blizzard strikes, and even then, it better be big. With that in mind, make sure you leave enough time for traffic, bad weather, getting lost and malfunctioning planes. Scout out the place the day before, just so you know where you're going [source: AOL].