You just have to be careful not to sound negative about it — you can’t sound resentful or like you’re complaining or eye-rolling.
Still, I don’t like feeling as though clients don’t respect my schedule and how I choose to fill it.
I tend to want to conduct myself in a very black-and-white, right-vs.-wrong way, which I realize can work well for some jobs but tends to conflict with my current one, which is all about working with human beings and their many idiosyncrasies.
So when I get an early arrival, I typically stay at my desk (which is out of sight of Reception) and come out only 5-10 minutes before the scheduled time.
This strategy, while doable, makes me feel like an entitled jerk for making clients wait so long, since I tend to have a lot of downtime and there’s usually no reason I can’t meet with a client the moment they decide to show up.
But I have a good relationship with her and want to maintain that relationship, as she would be a great resource for me professionally.
How do I nicely and respectfully say I don’t want to come back to do more of the things I hate?
I generally advise employers who encounter really early candidates to stick to the original meeting time (and even to feel comfortable sending people away if there’s no obvious place for them to wait), assuming that it would inconvenience them to do otherwise.
You don’t have any obligation to see people outside the specific meeting time that you both agreed to.
Is it better to stand firm in cases like these, or cut clients some slack and focus on helping them in other aspects of my job?