Dinesh Divekar
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Dear Friends,
Recently while conducting an interview i observed that if we call 5 candidates and give them the time as 10 am only one candidate arrives before 10, i.e at 09.30 or 09.45 which is appreciable.
Some 2-3 arrive within 1 hour duration ie. till 11 am, and some turn up after 1 hour and give reason of some traffic jam lost way etc.
In my life whenever i attended any interview i made it a point to be well before in time, atleast half an hour.
Now this simple punctuality is missing from this generation who call themselves YOLO SWAG generation.
What you want to tell about this.

From India, Madras
Agree with your views but why didn't you raise the same questions for those HR people who make the punctual employees wait for 2-3 hrs for interview? What would you say in this context?
I agree that some people really don't bother about the value of time but sometimes the reasons are really genuine behind their late coming & sometimes it is because they know that we have to wait for long hours for our turn, so its better to reach late also..
I am sorry if I have said something wrong for some of our HR professionals but it is really true. As an employer or HR we should also understand the value of time of an employee. Some employee take half day leave for an interview but half of there time lost in waiting for their turn for interview..I think that's very bad..

From India, New Delhi
I agree with you Bhawna but the huge number of non punctual candidates is what is bothering me 2-3 being late out of 10 is acceptable, but almost 7-8 being late out of 10 nos is something to ponder about.
I am neither of the opinion that i expect all candidates to be on time, as even i understand genuine issues of employees but not necessary that all 8 out of 10 candidates vehicle got puncture or bus got late?????

From India, Madras
Dear Ravi,
I think it all depends upon the situation. I was over two hor late to attend an interview. Usually, I used to be well in time to go to work (an hour before the starting time). But that day caught up with road works; luckily, I had the mobile phone with me and rang the work; the secretary told methat she had heard the news on the radio and the boss was prepared to see me for 15 mins only, if I arrived there before noon.
In these days of technology, there is no excuse for candidates not to inform the auithorities about their late arrival. Similarly, authorities also should inform candiates when the interview gets delayed for whatever reason.

From United Kingdom
Hello Ravi,

The issue you raised is definitely valid in today's world.

In a way, Bhawna is right--BUT....a BIG BUT..........2 wrongs don't make a right. Usually this aspect [punctuality] also is taken into account for the interview ratings in a DIFFERENT way, especially for areas where it counts more than others, like Sales, etc [typically where out-of-office interactions are involved]--not sure if you do it or not.

This is where what Simhan mentioned comes into picture--being late--intentional or unintentional--is one aspect of the situation. But the more important aspect of the situation is HOW DID THE CANDIDATE HANDLE IT. Did he/she care to inform the HR? If he/she did, I would give a higher rating to such a candidate--since getting late MAY NOT have been in his/her control, while caring for the interviewer's time is definitely in his/her control.

Coming back to Bhawna's comment--about HR also not sticking to time [making the candidates wait for hours]--the same would apply. I know of HRs who are very sincere in apologizing to the candidates for the delays & also those who pay lip-service & those who just don't even care that they are wasting a candidate's time.

Hope you get the point.



From India, Hyderabad
Dear Ravi,

You have given only your side of the story. You should have told about the other side also. Tell the following:

a) In your company, how many interviews happen per month?

b) When the job candidates report exactly in time, how many times interviewers (managers other than you) interview them exactly in time?

c) What is the average waiting period of the job candidate for the interview?

d) How many times, interviewers in your company attend the company work when the interview in progress?

e) In your company, if the "top boss" calls the managers suddenly then are the managers empowered enough to say to their boss that "I am in interview and will come later once my interview schedule is over?"

I am totally against the unpunctual behaviour of the job candidates, however this rule of punctuality very much applies to interviewers also.

In India, we are all birds of the feather, therefore, it would not be fair to single out some particular bird. This forum is replete with example of the shabby treatment that job candidates faced at the hands of the interviewers.


Dinesh V Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Dear All,
Ravi has opened a can of worms and rightly so. I tend to be agreed with him because reaching in time is just not in our culture. In our country, reaching late is an acceptable norm and excuse is just meant for lip service. The interviewer and the interviewee, both belong to the same culture having little respect for each other's time. I know, i am going to hurt sentiments of those who make it a point to be in time but those are few and far between.

From India, Delhi
Hi dinesh here are my answers
A recruitment in our sector is 0 rarely interviews happen three interviews in a year..
B. All interviews happen on time all managers interview in time
C. Avg waiting period 10-20 mins
D. Rarely 2 out of 100.
E.this question i will reply from my pc as its long para pls wqait

From India, Madras
Hi Dinesh ,

Here is my reply to your question no e

e) In your company, if the "top boss" calls the managers suddenly then are the managers empowered enough to say to their boss that "I am in interview and will come later once my interview schedule is over?"

We should always remember that the TOP BOSS is the toppest one and depending on the company culture there are different ways to address top boss, for eg in my company / functional industry the top boss is to be given utmost respect whereas in some IT company you can even call the top boss by his first name etc and so on,,,, So whenever top boss calls you have to attend to it on priority basis but some exceptions are always allowed by top bosses, for eg, if the top boss calls the cashier and he is busy collecting / counting cash, he has to tell sir i am counting cash, as he cannot come directly leaving cash on the table, also if the concerned person is at rest ( water cooler, or washroom) the message will be conveyed, in case the person is in interview and top boss calls , a word that i am in interview can always be put, then depending on the boss urgency , and the time when the call came during interview, (i.e During begining of interview, mid, or closing time ) any manager can use his skills and take appropriate decision...

From India, Madras
I think if you mention i to the interviewee that a minute;s late is not entertained here so plz be exactly on time so this late attending of interview can be reduced...
but yes HRs who made the candidate sit for long time is really once again pathetic thing..being in HR I seriously avoid candidate sitting and waiting...we must make them feel that we value their time as we value our time..this leaves a good impression of the company as well..
Reena Vashisht
Sr. Associate-Payrolling

From India, Jaipur

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