It’s common knowledge that when you’re interviewing for a job, you need to put effort into making a good impression. What’s sometimes forgotten, though, is that the impression that the hiring location makes on the interviewee is also key—especially when the position being filled requires an experienced and intelligent candidate. In a recent article for Construction Executive, Jay Dubac offers some tips for maintaining momentum throughout the hiring process.
One of the easiest ways to make a bad impression on a potential job candidate is to cancel the interview, especially at the last minute. Hiring managers, therefore, should be completely committed to every stage of the hiring process, making sure to prioritize interviews and other preliminary meetings.
In the event that a disruption is unavoidable, you should have a contingency plan in place. Rather than canceling outright, consider offering an alternative, such as holding the interview over the phone or video chat. Alternatively, consider shortening the timeframe of the interview in order to still fit it into a tightened schedule.
Finally, if there is no way around cancelling the interview, do your best to alleviate the damages. A personal, heartfelt explanation can go a long way in easing the frustrations of the candidate on whom you are cancelling. Its best to have this conversation over the phone rather than through email. Be honest about what happened and offer to reschedule at a time that is convenient for the candidate.
For more details, read the article in full at Construction Executive.