I am in a pre-professional graduate program and my classmates and I are currently interviewing at various potential placements for a required, 500 hour internship for the spring. This morning I was scheduled to interview at a potential placement. I know 3 others of my classmates were also setting up interviews there, because the interviewer cc'd us all on the same email about available time slots. I replied immediately and she set me up for the first interview of the day, at 10:00 a.m.
This morning, I arrived for my interview promptly at 9:55, only to find that one of my classmates, "Becky," had apparently come really, REALLY early for her interview, and was already in the interviewer's office, chatting with her! My reaction was
I snapped my face back into a neutral expression/smile as quick as I could and greeted the interviewer and my classmate. Interviewer ended up taking us both on the facility tour together, then asked her to wait outside so she could meet with us individually, as had been planned.
So, my questions are:
1. Is this as off as it seems to me? My upset reaction may be colored by the fact that I have a "history" with Becky. She's in two of my group projects and we've butted heads. Also, we (and another classmate, who was also interviewing at this place) carpooled together up until last week, when I made a diplomatic excuse to start driving myself. The real reason is, to be frank, I don't like her. She interrupts constantly and is very judgemental.
2. If you were the interviewer, how would you feel about Becky showing up so early? Is it a positive, negative, or neutral? Becky made no secret that she was really interested in this placement, so I think in her eyes she saw it as being "extra enthusiastic." From my perspective, it was a jerk move, but I'm interested in others' perspectives.
3. How do I respond? My first inclination is just to ignore her and pretend it doesn't bother me at all. I'm certainly not going to bring it up? However, we have class together later today, and I'm wondering how I should respond if she says something?
Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions! I want to handle this in the best way possible.