How to Handle Interview Interruptions

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If the person you’re interviewing with has issues with interruptions, can’t stay focused, and doesn’t seem interested try and reschedule the interview.

It happens all the time and is very understandable if a hiring manager gets interrupted a few times during your interview. Once or twice is understandable, but continuously during your interview? Not good.

First of all, if the interruptions are continuous it says a lot about the interviewer, doesn’t it? What kind of respect does this person have for you and your time? How important is this position to their company? It makes you wonder, right?

Interviews are too important. If you find yourself in this situation, I don’t want you to sit through continuous interruptions, so you should respectfully ask for the interview to be rescheduled. Now, you don’t need to be rude, just politely make a suggestion to the interviewer.

You can say something like this, “It seems like we picked a busy time for you to interview today, I think we should reschedule this interview at a better time. It’s too important for both of us and I don’t want anything to fall through the cracks” this will typically work with most interviewers.

One of two things can happen when you suggest rescheduling your interview. The interviewer can apologize and have their calls held until the interview is over, or the interviewer can agree with your suggestion and reschedule the interview. Either way it’s better for you. I hope this helps.

Good luck to you!

Mike Palumbo

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