If a last-minute emergency prevented you from making it to your job interview, you’re probably full of questions about what to do next.
Is everything over now? Will you ever get another opportunity with that employer? Is your professionalism compromised? These question might keep running in your mind.
Don’t panic. If you act quickly and smartly, you might be given a second chance.
Here’s what you need to do to recover and get another shot if you miss a job interview.
Don’t show up late
Let’s say that an immense traffic arose on your way to the interview and the chances are high that you will miss it. Even if the traffic clears up and you somehow make it to the interview location later, it’s better to call earlier and reschedule it. At that point, you are stressed, and that may affect your performance during the interview.
Moreover, if you come in late, you should not assume that the interview will take place. When you fail to show up on time, your mistake will affect everyone who changed their schedules to accommodate your interview. You shouldn’t be surprised that the hiring team won’t be able to interview you during the same day.
That’s why it’s best not to surprise the hiring team by showing up later unannounced and get in touch with them as soon as you know that you won’t be able to make it to the meeting. By calling them earlier, you will efficiently minimize the inconvenience you are about to cause.
Call the employer as soon as you can
Last-minute emergencies happen to everyone, so stay calm and call the employer at your earliest convenience. Let the recruiter know that you will not be able to make it to the meeting and politely ask them to reschedule. Be sure to offer them a sincere apology as well. Missing the meeting will be an inconvenience to them, so show that you are emphatic to that.
If the recruiter asks you about the reason for missing the meeting, prepare an explanation. Be professional, concise, and honest. Take responsibility for your actions; the interviewer will note it and respect you.
Missing an interview is a severe situation that compromises your professionalism, so you need to acknowledge your mistake and tell the interviewer that you realize missing the meeting is a major inconvenience to everyone who is involved in the recruiting process. If you’ve got a good reason for missing the interview, explain it briefly, but – most importantly – offer the recruiter a sincere apology.
Ask to reschedule the meeting
Your first step after apologizing and explaining the reason for missing the interview is to ask to reschedule your meeting. Send a personal letter to the recruiter after speaking with them on the phone where you provide a brief explanation of why you missed the interview and ask to reschedule it.
Many recruiters will refuse to do that, but you’re not losing anything by asking. If the interviewer agrees to schedule the meeting with you, note down the time and thank them for giving you another opportunity. If the recruiter refuses to reschedule the meeting, all that’s left to do is apologizing and thanking them for their consideration.
Your next step
If the recruiter agreed to reschedule the meeting, make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early and do everything in your power to be there on time. Thank them for giving you another opportunity again but avoid mentioning the first missed interview.
There is no use for crying over spilt milk and trying to provide further explanation for failing to make it to the first interview. Instead, be polite and fully professional to show the recruiter that you are a competent and reliable candidate.
Learn your lesson
Missing out on an interview is a difficult situation, but you can recover from it. While sometimes last-minute emergencies happen that you could not have ever foreseen, many candidates miss their job interviews due to poorly planned travel to the interview location.
That’s why hiring managers suggest to make an effort and visit the company sometime before the meeting. When planning your travel, you should also anticipate delays and add extra travel time to your schedule.
At the end of the day, we are all human, and we make mistakes. That’s what the best thing we can do is learn from these mistakes and prevent them from affecting our lives further. Use these steps to recover from missing a job interview and convince the hiring manager that you are worth another chance.
Also, make sure to use the second opportunity the hiring manager offers you to the fullest. If they agreed to reschedule the interview, it means that they are genuinely interested in meeting you and see you as a good fit for the company – so don’t let them down; show yourself in the best possible light.