|The Right Way to Reschedule a Job Interview|
"There has to be real emergencies or valid reasons for arriving late or being unable to make it to your interview."
Your attitude towards your first job interview is the first impression your prospective employer has of you. How you dress, talk, and your overall demeanor speaks much about your personality, professionalism and the sincerity of your intent. Importantly, always arrive at least 15 minutes before your job interview schedule. Arriving in late can be taken as a point against you and create negative thoughts about you on the mind of your interviewer.
So, while you're at it, make sure to be present and do your best in every interview you're invited to. After all, not all applicants get a ticket to an interview and the chance to strut his/her best for the position.
However, sometimes you might be hurdled by unexpected events that make it difficult for you to go to the interview - but take note that this should only be matters of life and death. Never make your pet as an excuse for not going to the interview or because you got stuck in traffic (unless it is an aftermath of a natural disaster).
Also consider it necessary to reschedule a job interview when you suddenly fell sick from a communicable disease (e.g. chicken pox, measles, etc.) or a sickness that requires hospitalization;
Bottom line, there has to be real emergencies or valid reasons for arriving late or being unable to make it to your interview. Be sure to call up the company and ask to reschedule job interview, and assure the interviewer that this has not happened in the past. Nonetheless, to reschedule a job interview, regardless of the weight of your reason, could ruin your chances of getting the job. A job interview reschedule can be synonymous to kissing the job goodbye.
As much as you can, applicants are not advised to request to reschedule job interview. Still, it's worth trying to reschedule job interview if you cannot be there for grave reasons.
How to Reschedule a Job Interview
Call immediately if you know you need to reschedule job interview, preferably before the day of your interview - it is inappropriate and inconsiderate to call on the day itself.
Speak directly to your interviewer. Most of the time, employers inform you of the person who will talk to you in the interview. Answering machines or leaving messages are a no-no - they're not only unprofessional, but you risk not having them delivered and keep people waiting (which is even more inappropriate).
Apologize and be polite when on the phone with the interviewer, and explain why (remember: valid reasons and real emergencies only) to reschedule job interview.
Request to reschedule your interview on a date that you sure you can be present, and if the interviewer agrees to it. Depending on the validity of your reason, and among all other factors, a reschedule job interview may no longer be feasible. Once a date is set, always thank the interviewer sincerely for giving you another shot at getting the job.
Once you have a reschedule job interview, show your appreciation to your prospective employer by calling in to confirm that you will be up and about during the interview. This helps diminish thoughts of insincerity and unreliability from you.
On the day of your rescheduled interview, be sure to apologize again and show all ways of courtesy. Goodluck!