Post # 1
I AM PULLING MY HAIR OUT RIGHT NOW.
I had a Skype interview that I thought was scheduled tomorrow (tuesday) at 2pm and emailed my interviewer at 10am today (monday) to confirm it. I got a response from her saying she was not exactly sure if it was today or tomorrow and to respond to her with the prefered time.. she’s a research assistant and said she had extreme flexibility this week so either day was available.
I saw that email at 2:20pm… while I read that, I received a new one in my inbox saying she tried to Skype me 20 minutes ago and that we did indeed schedule our interview today. She seems like a really nice person and not a recruiter, her emails have been looking pretty candid and not too serious. After an immense apology for the mix up she responded saying that it was completely OK and that she will still be ready to interview me tomorrow.
It doesn’t look like they have many other interviews lined up for this position so I don’t know what the competition looks like. OMG I FEEL LIKE THE BIGGEST DUMBASS IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW.
The email was a loooooooong chain, about 15 emails, and honestly there was no way I would have seen the words “monday confirmed” unless I opened every single one and read them.
What do I do to prove to her that I want this job? Just the fact that she is still giving me this interview is amazing but my heart is at the bottom of my stomach and I can’t help but feel that she has already made her decision to reject me 🙁 🙁 🙁 I went to infinity and beyond just to get this interview, I called both their science department and HR to make sure my resume was included in the line-up. I answered every phone call on the first ring and responded to emails within the same day. It’s really not normal for me to do this!!! Pleeeeeease give me advice on how to make her look the other way and see that I can fill this position, and no yelling at me because yes, I know, I’m a moron 🙁
Post # 3
I would apologize once more at the beginning of your interview tomorrow, but honestly wouldn’t make a big deal about it or focus on it too much.
I think the fact that you emailed her that morning to confirm it was good – and since she didn’t know off the top of her head when it was supposed to be either, I don’t think its too big of a deal. If she thought it was a huge deal, she wouldn’t give you another chance.
Post # 4
@NinjaWings: Take a deep breath! You’ve already apologized and rescheduled, no need for any further action with regard to the screw-up. Trust me on this, lol.
Do your best in the interview and keep your nerves in check. And don’t mention your mistake again, no need to draw any more attention to the mix-up. She may feel at this point it was as much her fault as yours. If you apologize again, please keep it minimal and only mention it at the beginning of the interview. Don’t be overly apologetic!! I’m telling you this as someone who has conducted hundred of interviews over the past fifteen years.
Be confident and best of luck!
Post # 6
apologize genuinely but DON’T harp on it! you don’t want to direct the focus of the interview on something negative. you want to behave so that when you’re finished the interview, all she’s thinking about is how well suited you are to the position – not the mix up!
Post # 7
@Sea_Ashley: “I would apologize once more at the beginning of your interview tomorrow, but honestly wouldn’t make a big deal about it or focus on it too much.”
I missed a phone interview once because I screwed up a time difference. The interviewer was on eastern time and I was on central time and we confirmed an interview time of 11am. I simply never thought about the fact that 11am their time would be 10am my time and put 11am on my calendar. Once I explained what happened, the interviewer really didn’t seem concerned and we rescheduled for later that afternoon.