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Top 10 Excuses for Not Attending an Interview

Attending a job interview is one of the most important commitments in a person’s life. Career experts spend a great deal of effort and time highlighting the importance of being punctual and arriving on time so as to make a good first time impression.

Some people are organized, have confidence in themselves, the courage to do what is required and are committed to getting the best life possible. These people will usually come prepared in advance, wearing the proper interview attire and arriving at the interview with time to spare. Others though, will try to make every possible excuse to procrastinate attending the interview and wait until last moment to offer up an excuse.

Many of those belonging in the second category postpone an important possible life-changing interview because they fear the unknown and are reluctant to go outside the borders of their comfort zone. They tend to evade interviews as a way to relieve pressure, avoid responsibility and reduce the risk of failure.

What’s so remarkable though to observe, is the creativity that candidates put into the process of crafting excuses for not attending an interview. Explore the 10 of the most hilarious excuses recruiters have heard from candidates who put off their interview appointment..

1. #10 Family Emergency

“I can’t make it due to a family emergency.” The exact reason is left to the imagination; could be the hamster got out of the cage or great Aunt Tilda died.

2. #9 Won the lottery

“My wife/husband/domestic partner just won the lottery! I won’t need to work after all.”

3. #8 Car accident

“I had a car accident on the way in to have our interview; I may have to go to the emergency room, but wanted to call you right away.”

4. #7 I'm in jail

(Calling collect to the interview office from the county jail) “I am in jail and can’t make it.”

5. #6 Change of heart

“I am sorry, but I have had a change of heart.”

6. #5 Not a good time for an interview

“I meditated and prayed last night; God (or Jesus) said it was not a good time for an interview.”

7. #4 I have nothing decent to wear

“I have misplaced, lost or forgotten to go the cleaners, and therefore have nothing decent to wear.”

8. #3 Not feeling clever

“I just am not feeling too clever today.”

9. #9 Writing a manuscript

“I am trying to be a writer and just have to keep working at finishing my manuscript with no other distractions.”

10. #10 I am on a diet

“I am on a very strict, harsh diet and not allowed to eat many foods, therefore my brain is not functioning at its best and it’s not a good time for an interview.”

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