We’ve all seen Alice in Wonderland and the opening scene with the white rabbit rushing around looking at his clock, panicking, and saying, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.” We all hear the panic in our candidate’s voice when they call to say they are running late. I automatically imagine them running around in the morning, throwing clothes in the air, trying to find something to wear, and driving like a maniac to get to work.
I don’t know about you, but that is not the way that I like to start my morning. I’m more of let me sip my coffee, read a bit of news, and look at my email. There are times when I wake up later than I want to, but I have safeguards in place. Recently, I shared some of my safeguards with a candidate who was having a tough time with arriving on time.
Prepare the night before: I lay out my clothes the night before (and I make sure they are ironed), my coffee is set up to just hit brew, I pack my lunch, and I make sure everything I need to take with me is ready and waiting so I can grab it on the way out the door.
Do it now, not later: We all want to get home from work because we have duties that keep our lives running efficiently. However, if you know that you need gas, get it the night before instead of in the morning.
Leave earlier: I feel like this one is a no brainer. If you’re running five to 10 minutes late, then why don’t you just leave 10 minutes earlier? Wouldn’t you rather be early than late? Most days I leave 10 minutes earlier than I need to so that I beat the traffic jam and I don’t run the risk of arriving late.
Talk to your co-workers: If you have candidates who live near you and they always arrive on time, ask them what time they leave and if there is a different route.
After speaking with the candidate, she implemented some of the safeguards and after a week called to let me know that she hadn’t been late. I felt like these were common sense safeguards, but not everyone can take a step back and find the solution. I’m glad that after the candidate’s time with us she will take some of my advice with her.
On a final note I leave you with this quote, “Arriving late is a way of saying that your own time is more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you.” – Karen Joy Fowler
Aminda has been with Celebrity Staff for eight months. Prior to working at Celebrity Staff Aminda lived in Washington, D.C. for 17 years working for an international food distributor. Aminda handled the sales for restaurant chain accounts to the Middle East and was able to travel to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, and UAE. Aminda enjoys traveling the world, going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and a good glass of wine.