Whether it’s a face-to-face interview or even a phone interview, make sure you’re feeling 100% or don’t do it. This is too important, so reschedule the interview for another day.
I am sure you know the importance of a good first impression, right? When it comes to interviewing you might not get another chance to make a good first impression, so make sure you don’t blow it with a company by interviewing sick or with something going on in personal life that is very distracting to you where you’re not focused.
If you’re not feeling 100%, for whatever reason, don’t interview!
And don’t think you can “pull it off” on the phone. As someone that does a lot of interviewing – I can tell you without any hesitation – it matters! I can tell when a candidate isn’t feeling well or something is bothering them. It comes through over the phone as if you were standing right in front of me.
It’s impossible to be at the top of your game when you’re sick or something is bothering you. You won’t be as focused as you should be. You won’t be as interested. You will come across to the interviewer as uninterested in them and their company. There is nothing to gain by interviewing when you’re not at 100%. Don’t do it!
Companies understand that things can come up with candidates. You don’t have to explain, in detail, why you want to reschedule your interview. Just let the company know that something came up and now you have a conflict and you would like to reschedule the interview. This happens all the time in the recruiting business. Believe me, if you’re not feeling 100% you will be glad you rescheduled the interview.
Interviewing is very competitive. You have to go into it to win! You have to be at your very best! Don’t waste the interview by attending it when you’re not at 100%. First impressions, especially when you’re interviewing with a company, are very important. You don’t want to blow the opportunity by showing up less than your absolute best! Reschedule your interview when you’re feeling better, you will be glad you did! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!