Ghost Busting – Why You Should Show Up for Your Interview

Ghost Busting – Why You Should Show Up for Your Interview

By / October 7th, 2022 / 0 comments / Ghost Busting, Interview Etiquette, interview preparation, Interview Tips,

We won’t help you get a position without interviewing you, and our clients won’t hire you without one, either. You may not like interviews and find them stressful, but they’re a hoop you need to jump through to get a new position. If you have an interview scheduled, not showing up without warning the other person is unprofessional.

We can help you through the interview process. We will prepare you by giving you critical information about the hiring company and the opening. We can have mock interviews so you feel more comfortable and confident. But this won’t do you any good if you’re a no-show.

There are Valid Reasons Not to Show Up for an Interview

Candidates may have many good reasons for not appearing, but there’s no reason not to contact us, or the employer, to let us know you won’t be there.

There are legitimate reasons for not making an interview:

• You may have a family or health emergency
• Your car broke down
• You’re currently employed, something’s come up at work, and you can’t take time off for the interview

Life happens. If you want the job, but can’t be there for the interview, give us as much warning as possible. Increasingly the issue isn’t interviewees can’t come to an interview. They choose not to go.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Technology and the nature of work have changed:

• Management fads come and go
• We’ve gone from offices and open spaces to cubicles back to offices and open spaces to working from home
• Jobs have been off-shored, outsourced, and on-shored
• Office clothes have gone from suits, ties, and dresses to work casual to sweatshirts

No matter the change, what should stay the same is being professional and respectful of others.

The demand for workers is strong so, depending on your skills and experience, you may be a very attractive candidate. You may have leverage in negotiating what you do, your pay, and benefits. Being in a position of power doesn’t mean you should be disrespectful of others. Time is one of our most valuable resources. If you ghost someone expecting to interview you, you’re wasting their time.

This isn’t just a touchy-feely, let’s all get along, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” issue. It’s very practical. The economy rises and falls, as will the demand for your skills. Job openings will decline, if they haven’t already. The organization you blow off today may have your dream job available tomorrow, but they’ll never hire you to fill it.

Job Candidates Deserve Respect Too

Ghosting goes both ways. It’s not just job candidates who are no-shows at interviews. Some recruiters and hiring managers blow off job candidates, fail to return emails or phone calls. This unprofessional behavior may give job-seekers the idea this is part of the hiring game.

It’s not how SkillConnect 360 works. We understand how important people are and that they deserve respect. We treat those looking for work and those hiring them professionally. If we don’t think you’re a good fit for the jobs we fill, we will tell you what you should do to put yourself in a better position to compete. We will work with you if you work with us.

We Want the Best for You, But We Don’t Want to Waste Our Time

As much as SkillConnect 360 and our clients look for people with the right background, potential, and abilities, we also must see the right attitude. We want to help people willing to work and improve their skills, who will be good team members and strive to reach their potential.

If you’re someone who can’t be bothered to spend a minute calling us to say you’re no longer interested in a position, don’t bother contacting us to begin with. You don’t have the attitude we seek. Neither we nor our clients need the aggravation.

If you start the process of getting a new position and no longer want it, we understand:

• It may not be what you thought it was
• You want a different type of job
• Your current employer made changes, so you want to stay

If so, we wish you the best of luck. We also wish you’d give us the common courtesy of informing us, so no one wastes time waiting for you to show up for an interview you won’t attend. A potential employer has no excuse to disrespect you, and there’s no reason why you should disrespect others.\

Take the Next Step. Contact Skill Connect 360 

If you’re looking for a new challenge, Skill Connect 360 can help you find an excellent position that fits you, your goals, and the employer. Take advantage of our knowledge of the hiring organization’s wants, needs, and culture to decide if the opportunity is right for you.

Call us today at 212-507-9350 or fill out our contact form to start the conversation.

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