Post # 1
I’m hoping to get advice from some of you. A recruiter from my dream company reached out to me via linkedin regarding an opening they had in my city. Long story short, I had to cancel/reschedule twice due to school and some work related issues and the recruiter was extremely accomodating and nice about it. She told me to email her my availability, but basically, I never got back to her (for a couple reasons) and thus never had the phone interview.
There was a part of me that was scared to schedule an interview because (this may sound stupid), but I’m really afraid of looking stupid during the interview. The company is known for giving really hard interviews. I guess that was just a convenient excuse for me to not respond to her, and now I am regretting never having tried.
Well, she emailed me today wishing me a happy new year, so at first I thought it might be an automatic/mass email. But it was addressed to my first name, so I’m confident she it is not an automatic email.
I want to ask her to help schedule an interview again, but I’m not sure how to best word it? Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
Post # 2
For starters, I would not be so confident that it wasn’t a mass email. It’s called mail merge. It’s a feature available on most email programs. Haven’t you ever received an email from a business with your first name included in the email, for example letting you know about a sale? It’s set up from a database of names and emails to allow you to personalize mass correspondence without having to do separate documents or emails.
So with that in mind, are you certain that the position is still available? Exactly how long did you put off trying to get in contact with them? Are we talkin a couple of weeks? Or we talkin a couple of months? If it is the former then I would approach it by apologizing for your schedule interfering with your ability to interview, but you are able to be more flexible now and are wondering if the position is still available.
Post # 3
annabananabee : Thanks for your reply. I guess whether it is a mass email or not I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask to reschedule an interview because according to their website, the job is still available (of course this may not be 100% accurate).
The original interview was scheduled to be early December. so I guess I’m right on the cusp of a couple weeks/one month
Post # 4
namsayin : As a recruiter, you get paid when a person remains in their position for an X amount of time. If i was this recruiter, I would not trust you to put you in this position given your history and lack of follow-up, even assuming this job is still available. You may have had your reasons, but it was very unprofessional. I think you should focus on calling and explaining to the recruiter, falling on the sword, and maybe if you are lucky, rescheduling the interview. But, I would not get my hopes up there. Let this be a learning opportunity for you.
Post # 5
littleanchor : Thanks for your input! I’ve definitely learned my lesson and expect being shot down. But I guess it still doesn’t hurt to try😖
Post # 6
I’m a recruiter and the only way I’d reschedule you was if I were SUPER desperate to fill a position and even then it’d be really hard for me to trust you to actually show up. I usually give a pass the first time someone cancels but that’s usually it.
I don’t get paid based on how long a person stays with us, I have a really unique bonus structure and it would almost incentivize me to bring someone in just for the sake of getting them hired but I work in house and care more about my company than that.
No harm in responding to the recruiter, but if they’re from an agency and sending out a mass email like that (it probably was) I wouldn’t get your hopes up.
in the future, if you’re interested and scared just go for it and interview. It sucks to get turned down but it also helps to practice!
Post # 7
I think you’re actually in luck with it happening in December. You can apologize for the delayed follow up and breezily reference that things have been hectic work wise with the end of year/holiday season. Just be prepared for the possibility you might be viewed as flighty and/or they may have filled the role and just not taken it down. But it wouldn’t hurt to apologize so you’re in good standing with the recruiter.
Post # 8
Just curious OP- did you ever follow up with the recruiter?
I’m a recruiter myself and I would be very wary if someone emailed me a month later about a role. Regardless of the reason, I’d see it as lack of interest and I would’ve moved on with the next candidate already, unless it was a hard to fill or I’m desperate. I know interviews can be frightening because I remember my interviews during college, but it is something that you *have to do* if you want that job. There is no perfect “timing” if you keep pushing it back. Next time, just secure an interview slot and study, study, study. Make a thread on here and ask for tips- I see that there are a good amount of recruiters on here who can help.