Marie Raperto, The Hiring Hub
Rescheduling a job interview can be tricky but, at times, it’s necessary. It should not be done unless absolutely necessary as it can move you to the back or even out of a search.
When necessary, follow these rules:
- Only cancel an interview when necessary and for a good reason. Communicate that reason to the recruiter/hiring manager. Reasons may include a family/personal emergency, illness or a work conflict.
- Let the interviewer know immediately. Even if you are not sure you are going to have to cancel, let the interviewer know there is a possibility. Respect their schedule.
- Offer alternatives. Let the interviewer know when you can reschedule with some dates/times. If you are not sure, let them know that you will connect with them on a specific date. If you still cannot reschedule at that time, let them know.
Be professional and honest. Since you have to reschedule, take the lead in setting up a new day/time.