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5 reasons you should ALWAYS turn up for an interview

Posted by in Website on 26th November 2019

It is our job to ensure that any candidates that we put forward for interviews, are prepped and ready, but most importantly, suitable for the role they’re interviewing for. We’ve heard some nightmare stories from employers who’ve set aside entire days for interviews, maybe lining up to 20 in a single day, to have only one or two show up; that’s why they ask us to help.

This is so frustrating for the person who is supposed to be carrying out the interviews. Afterall, the candidate applied for the job, why wouldn’t they turn up? Getting an invite for an interview should be considered by most, an opportunity, so turning up just seems like the obvious thing to do.

However, there are a few reasons why people may choose not to turn up to an interview though and most of them are understandable… most of them!

Not Prepared

This is more common than you might think. When it comes to being prepared, several reasons spring to mind as to why candidates may not do this. The interview may have been booked far in advance and they simply forget. Even if they do remember at the last minute, they are unlikely to turn up as they feel ready.

Alternatively, it may be the case that the candidate, having prepared as much as they possibly could, STILL doesn’t feel ready for the interview process and backs out. As frustrating as this can seem, in a few cases, the process can simply be too overwhelming.

Already have a job

In the time between applying for that new job and getting the interview, things might have changed for the candidate. They may have applied for and got another job. The excitement and importance of that may lead them to either not think about informing the other employer or simply they can’t be bothered. Not great.

Couldn’t get time off

The prospective candidate is currently working and obviously doesn’t want to inform their employer that they’d like some time off to attend an interview; tricky! Of course, if this is the case, things can be worked out; you just need to communicate the issue. In our experience, employers are more than willing to be flexible with timings for the right candidate.


Interviews can be nerve-wracking. The time leading up to them can cause anxiety to build and that can be overwhelming. This in turn, leads to the candidate simply not wanting to turn up, as the anxiety gets the best of them. Again, this can be worked on, you just need to let people know. It is our job, if required, to coach candidates and prepare them for this process.


Yep, sometimes people simply just won’t turn up because they couldn’t be bothered. Even though this is incredibly frustrating, it’s a possible blessing in disguise… for the employer. Don’t be that candidate, as news travels fast and if you intend to continue working within that industry, employers talk to each other, and word will get around about your reliability.

Employers don’t like having their time wasted and will usually be flexible around your diary, if they think you’re the right candidate for them. Don’t ask for this flexibility and then STILL let them down; a second chance is unlikely to be forthcoming.

In Summary

We WANT you to get that job, so we’ll do everything in our power to help you along the way. We are experts in our field. We know the clients and their requirements. If you’re looking for the next step up in your career, letting us help you not only in finding the right job, but in helping you get that job too, will make your life so much easier.

Why not submit your CV to us and let us match you with your next job? Get in touch today, either via our website https://www.paramountpersonnel.com/ or on the phone 0345 241 1000.

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