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I didn't show up for my interview

by Pam
(Bridgeton, NJ)

Mike-
I was so excited that I made it through a phone interview with your great advice. An on-site interview was scheduled and the HR person said she would send a packet with driving instructions, location for free parking, who I would be interviewing with & so on.

Well, I never received the packet and I didn't know how to handle this. Should I have gone anyway to the interview? Every possible negative went through my mind.

I simply called and said "I know I should be there by now, but I never received the packet that you said you would send, if you would like to reschedule my appointment I am still very much interested in this position." Needless to say I never heard anything back from them.

What did I do wrong?

Thanks, Pam

Mike Petras comments:

Hello Pam-

Glad you found my phone interview tips helpful. Sorry to hear about the miss-communication with your job interview instructions.

To answer you question, yes, you should have gone to the interview anyway. When they confirmed the date and time of your interview, it was a sure thing. The other information she promised to send you was just logistical information. You should have called her 48 hours before your interview to let her know you hadn't received the information.

If you think about it, the worst thing that could have happened if you had just showed up for your scheduled interview is they would have told you they weren't prepared for you, and they would have rescheduled it.

Not showing up for an interview is the kiss of death for most companies, regardless of the circumstances. There really isn't anything more you can do to resurrect this. Sorry to sound so negative. I'm sure you meant well, but it is what it is.

Here is what happened on their end when you didn't show up. People who were scheduled to interview you started calling the HR manager and others asking, "Where is she?" Do you think the person who failed to send you the information packet is going to admit she dropped the ball and risk looking bad to her managers? It was simply easier to let you take the fall.

Best advice I can give you is learn from this and move on.

Mike Petras

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