Oct 18, 2018 - 06:08 PM
The first thing to do in responding to a canceled interview the night before is to step back, get some perspective, and try not to take it personally. Most likely, the cancellation had little to do with you and more to do with the situation. Politely express regret for the cancellation and ask if you can reschedule.
Don’t assume the employer canceled because they suddenly got cold feet. Interview cancellations happen for many reasons that are beyond a candidate’s control. It could be as mundane as one of the interviewers calling in sick or having an emergency arise. It is also possible that the position was eliminated, the job requirements were modified, or there has been miscommunication between the hiring manager and HR. Especially in big companies, time to fill can be several weeks to several months, during which time new management could reorganize the department.
If you made it to the interviewing stage, you were on the shortlist for the job, so stand tall. Be flexible and amenable to rescheduling, determine if you are still under consideration for the role, and leave yourself open to further communication. If things end there, don’t assume the worst. Something behind the scenes probably happened that needs to be kept internal.
Aug 23, 2018 - 11:25 PM