Within the last 6 months or so, I have noticed a common occurence…
I have seen a larger number of candidates that have cancelled or rescheduled interviews at the last minute. I still haven’t figured out if it is the economy or why this is happening so frequently. We have solid opportunities with clients. I typically confirm an interview well ahead of time if possible and confirmed the phone interview or in person interview with the client – I get an email 1 hour or 20-30 minutes before the interview from candidates saying they aren’t interested in the position or have found another job… Meanwhile they have had at least a week to think about it!
Food for thought: Please, as a common courtesy to the company interviewing and to recruiters, give some notice before rescheduling or cancelling an interview. This may come back to haunt you in the long run from a hiring manager or a recruiter that you will need to count on later. You never know who you are going to run into again down the road.
On the flip side, I think recruiters and companies need to do a better job as well with scheduling and handling their interviews. Companies need to do a better job of planning for positions and determine when they are going to hire instead of being so reactionary.
Perhaps this will change as our economy gets better and the market is less shaky out there in 2010.