Tuesday, December 1, 2009

10 Most Common Reasons Given For Not Attending Job Interviews

One of the most frustrating moments in a Recruiter's life is to call up the client/employer to advise the job interview arranged earlier has to be canceled.

I encountered that again today. This gentleman is officially without a job as of today because his contract work ended yesterday. As of last Thursday, he was very excited to receive the news that he got short listed for an interview. Over the weekend, something must have occurred that caused the change of mind. Check out his reason: I don't think I should go for the interview because I do not have any transport. My reply was, "No worries. The company is willing to provide you the transport." Stunned by my reply, he went on to justify the true reason why he does not want to attend the interview was that the nature of work that requires field work is just not his thing now. What shall I say? Cliched at best, no? I can probe further and he will continue to justify and this will go on and on. Experience does make a difference and in cases like this, no persuasion is needed because ultimately it is his career and he should be more concerned than I am.

Is his reason one of the common ones? Probably not. My list below is compiled from my many years of experience as a HR Practitioner and now in the recruitment business. Some of them are valid but most of them are really lame, indicating man's worst nature when comes to careers: fickleness.

  1. Just got another offer.
  2. Discussed with my husband over the weekend. He said I should not try for the job. Err...why? It's personal. I can't tell.
  3. Have second thoughts on the location.
  4. Sick. I think I'll just passed this.
  5. Forgotten that I actually have a company training to attend.
  6. I cannot locate the office and had been spending the past half an hour looking for it. Tell them I'm not keen anymore.
  7. Have to go back hometown last minute - parents are sick.
  8. Car broke down. I'll passed this opportunity.
  9. Not so keen about the company anymore. Heard something unpleasant about them from some friends.
  10. The worst: No notice given- just did not turn up and the hand phone line went dead. It's like the guy has just decided to take a vacation out of planet earth. When finally managed to locate him, usually a couple of days later, the common reply, "Oh, I totally forgotten about that. I was outstation."
Giving last minute notices with lame excuses or not turning up at all without any notice are examples of poor job hunting ethics. This can be avoided if you take some time to seriously consider a job interview invitation. Most people unfortunately have the "kiasu" mentality by saying yes to whatever that comes their way and thought it was not a problem to cancel it at last minute.

12 comments:

  1. Hye i need your help..!!...i'll be starting my job agency business and the problem right now is the license with JTK...can i start the business without the license?

    I'm planing to grow this business and right now i'm only testing the market and will register under JTK in the future if the business do well..

    If i get caught operate this business without a license what will happen?

    Cheer,
    Tony

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    1. Tks very much for your post.

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  2. Hi Sinsee,

    In one of my previous jobs, I used to shortlist / interview fresh graduates for junior positions. Many will call up right before the interview to inquire about the salary we're offering. And if it isn't at the level that they expect (or what their lecturers say they should be getting), they will abandon the interview appointment.

    Sincerely,

    George

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  3. Tony,

    You'll be fined. Besides, without the license no., you may hv difficulty in advertising positions as it's a requirement by JTK to have your no. displayed next to your agency's name. And don't forget companies/employers prefer to deal with a proper agency. Hope I din scare you too much.

    And George, thanks for your input. Appreciate it...:)

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  4. thanks sinsee.

    cheer,
    tony

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  5. I want to thank you for all of this. I read that whole article and I can say that this is a very useful and well written article.

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  6. You are welcome and thx again...:)

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  7. Hey Sinsee,

    It really is heartwarming to read that someone else is having the same problems. Hahaha, the world isnt so lonely anymore. ;) Thanks for posting and I really enjoy reading your work

    Sasha Ratnam

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    1. You are welcome, Sasha. And thanks for stopping by...:)

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  8. Tks very much for your post.

    Avoid surprises — interviews need preparation. Some questions come up time and time again — usually about you, your experience and the job itself. We've gathered together the most common questions so you can get your preparation off to a flying start.

    You also find all interview questions at link at the end of this post.

    Source: Download Ebook: Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Questions Answers:

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