Life happens every single day of your life. What does that mean? And what does it have to do with your job search? I have been sick over the past couple of days, which for me is very unusual. I work hard to keep myself physically and mentally healthy. I let my guard down, and wham I have a bad case of strep throat that hit me like a ton of bricks.
It got me thinking about what I would do if I had an interview scheduled? Would you call and reschedule the interview or would I go? What would you do?
Here’s my two cents: If you are scheduled for an interview, you must do everything in your power to keep the interview. Especially if it is a first interview, or a second interview with the hiring manager. If you snooze, you may lose in this case. There will be others in the hiring process/interview process with you. You missed your interview or they reschedule your interview and you may have just given someone the upper hand in this process.
First impressions are lasting. Your inability to make the interview may inconvenience them and therefore create a negative perception about you. No matter how real the situation is for you, the organization has the upper hand here. It is difficult to overcome a negative perception, even if the situation is real for you.
If you wake up sick or find that you are under the weather in the middle of your day, gut it out. Take two aspirin and get to the interview. If you have done your homework prior to the interview, talk to yourself, positive thoughts about your skills and abilities, your ability to build rapport. And then go for it! You may surprise yourself, the adrenaline will kick in and you will have a great interview. I am a firm believer in “if you think you can’t your right!” In other words, it’s all in your head.
This does not minimize the fact that you might really be sick. It comes down to, do you really want the job? If the answer is “YES”, then you do not have the luxury to reschedule the interview.