So you have finally landed an interview after weeks of sending unsuccessful applications. Not sure if the job is for you? Is something deterring you from attending the interview? Are you considering cancelling attendance altogether? Don’t. The last thing any job seeker should do is cancel a job interview, even if they feel they are not the right person for the role or that the job isn’t right for them.
Job interviews have their benefits
Attending a job interview is a nerve-wracking and oftentimes stressful experience that takes time, energy and effort. However this is also an excellent opportunity to gain some valuable interviewing experience, while every interview you attend will work towards building up your interviewing confidence and gaining some experience in a range of interview settings.
Attending an interview will also give you the chance to practice answering those difficult and challenging questions. By attending an interview for a job that you feel is not right for you, you will automatically be more relaxed during the meeting and will therefore be able to reflect more easily on the questions that you are asked and your own responses. Further, who knows, maybe your instinct was wrong and you are in fact the right person for the role!
Cancel at your peril
Aside from being a good learning experience, attending an interview also has its benefits on the other side of the coin. By deciding to cancel your attendance at an interview, you will be causing unnecessary frustration to the recruiter, who will discard of your application and never give you another interviewing opportunity.
As a job seeker, the last thing that you should do is burn bridges with a recruiter. Doing so will only impede your chances of gaining job seeker success, and the interviewer may pass on the word to other companies that you cancelled your interview with them.
One of the worst things a job seeker can do to a recruiter is cancel at the last minute. By inviting you for an interview, a recruiter is saying that he or she wants to build a rapport with you and develop a relationship based on trust. Making that decision to cancel is essentially severing that relationship.
However in the case that you are faced with the unfortunate decision to cancel an interview, be honest. Tell the recruiter your exact reasons for having to cancel (be sure that they are completely legitimate and not something unreasonable, such as, ‘I have to take my grandmother to the supermarket.’) Most recruiters are very understanding, provided you are honest with them from the onset.
After all, the last thing that you want is to perturb a recruiter and have your application swiped from the company.