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No Show For An Interview -- Really?

No Show For An Interview - Really?

No Show for an Interview – Really?

 Please indulge me for a moment.  I promise there is a point.

Have you ever had an appointment with the cable guy and they tell you they will be at your house at a certain time on a certain day?  You sit there, waiting and waiting for them to arrive.  Perhaps you have rearranged your schedule to accommodate them because you really need them to fix HBO before Game of Thrones returns.  How much does it tick you off when they just don’t show up?  No call, no text, no email.  They just stand you up.  You’ve just wasted your time, rearranged your schedule, and now you have to start all over again with the process of scheduling someone to come and fix your problem.  

So you call customer service and demand to speak with a manager.  You rant about how you would never do that if you had an appointment, that it is so unprofessional and just poor manners and on and on.  Perhaps they give you a discount on next month’s bill to make you “happy” but that doesn’t fix your problem.  You’re back to square one.  Scheduling, waiting and hoping the cable guy shows up to rescue you from TV boredom.  

Here’s another scenario.  Could you imagine going on an interview and finding out when you get there that the hiring manager isn’t available to meet with you.  No one bothered to call you or email you.  They just let you arrive in your best interview suit all ready to talk to someone about what a great addition you would be to their team.  How rude and unprofessional!  Wouldn’t you agree?  I’m sure you would think twice about working for that company unless there was a really good reason why this occurred.

Again, you’re thinking “I would never do this!”  “I would at least call or email that I couldn’t make it!”  Am I right?  Well let’s turn these two examples of people wasting your time into a lesson.  

You would think “no show / no call” would be a thing of the past in our society since we are all connected to some form of technology 24/7.  You would be surprised to know that countless professionals think it is acceptable to “no show / no call” for a job interview.  

Please think twice before you consider “no showing without calling” for any interview.  Just because it’s an interview with an agency recruiter or with a company you weren’t “in love with” in the first place doesn’t make it okay.  You never know when this small thoughtless act will come back to haunt you.  Is it really worth it when it only takes one minute to send a quick and polite email cancelling the appointment?

Think about the next time you are job hunting.  What are you going to do if that recruiter happens to have an exclusive agreement with a company you are just dying to get into?  Or what if the hiring manager you stood up at that company you didn’t love is now the hiring manager at your dream company?  What are you going to do?

Calling / emailing to cancel, reschedule, or at least tell someone you’re running late – no problem.   No showing without contacting someone – big problem…with possible future consequences. 

 

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