Month: September 2013

How To Handle Cancelling An Interview

In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a growing complaint among my friends who are small business owners. They’ve experienced an increase in candidates not showing for interviews or cancelling an interview at the last minute with wacky excuses. If you have been invited for an interview, but can’t attend for some reason, take the following steps to ensure that you don’t burn bridges to future employment.

Contact Them ASAP

As soon as you know you won’t be able to interview, contact your recruiter or the person who set-up the meeting. Most recruiters and hiring managers are understanding enough to realize that life happens and it sometimes gets in the way of even the best intentions. If possible, try to reach the person in multiple ways, via phone and e-mail, to ensure that your message is received. Politely request that the person call or e-mail you back with confirmation that your message was received.

Be Honest

There’s probably a legitimate reason why you can’t attend the interview at the established time. Be honest and convey that message. If your reason is legitimate, there’s probably a good chance that the interview can be rescheduled at a more convenient time. There’s really not a need to make up excuses or tell lies. Your honesty does not need to include specific details about an illness or family emergency. In fact, most interviewers won’t want to know the specific reason, especially if it’s something personal or medical-related.

Apologize And Move Forward

Recognize that you are causing an inconvenience, apologize, and determine next steps. If you still want an opportunity to be considered for the job, end your conversation by asking about setting up an alternate interview time.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to obtain a new position with another employer before the interview, it’s still best to call and share that information with the recruiter or hiring manager. No shows are very frustrating because the interviewers have blocked time on their calendars to meet with you. If you aren’t interested in being considered for the position any longer, you can help the employer by allowing them to resume the recruiting and interviewing process.

Furthermore, there may be a time in the future that you will again want to be considered for a position with that employer. If that’s the case, it’s best to handle interview cancellations professionally and with tact. Many companies maintain candidate files and would be able to refer back if you re-submit a resume or application for consideration. If you’ve blown off an interview once, it could hurt your chances of being asked to interview again in the future.

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Ten Honest Career Tips

I’ve had the opportunity to train and coach people seeking employment over the past several years and I have found the following ten career tips are the most helpful to them in their search so I want to share them with you. Please forward this post to ANYONE looking for employment that you think may benefit from these tips.

  1. Do a “Cleave”  or “Chest” check.The quickest way a woman can lose credibility is to have her breast exposed too much. Men will like it but you run the risk of appearing like you are “trying too hard”. Make sure you are appropriately covered. Men will do well to keep their shirt buttoned up or wear a tie. If the dress code is business casual, stay more toward the business side of business casual and you won’t go wrong.
  2. Dress the Part. If you are diligently looking for employment; you are always “on”…

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How do you find people to network with?

Careers and Employment

We had a couple of events last week where networking was emphasised as a way to help discover the hidden job market and to connect with people who work for a company or industry that you are interested in. We try to have as many opportunities as possible for students to network by putting on careers expos, employer presentations and seminars plus we also run a networking workshop but what about finding your own contacts?

One of the simplest ways to start networking is to speak to the people you already know. Don’t just think of the obvious people in your life, think broadly e.g. family, friends of family, friends, friends of friends, neighbours, university lecturers and tutors, high school teachers and principals, colleagues from part-time jobs and volunteer jobs, sporting club contacts and community group contacts. Once you’ve spoken to them ask if there is anyone that they know…

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