Getting called for an interview is supposed to be an honor for anyone looking for a job and for someone who is jobless, the right interview call comes as a ray of hope. Yet a large percentage of candidate fails to show up to their interviews for one reason or the other. Top ten most common no-show reasons have been mentioned below:
- Nervousness –
Interview calls can sometimes make the candidates very nervous and by the time they lead up for the interview, they might feel they are not ready to go and ultimately give up. Might sound uncommon, but nervousness or anxiety can bring down even the best suitable candidate.
- Not ready for the interview - This is supposed to be more common than the previous one. Sometimes a candidate might feel they are not prepared enough for an interview. It is often found that the candidate has not been informed properly by the company about the location, time or the about the profile of the post the candidate has been called for.
- The candidate might ‘skip’ - Sometimes the candidate might miss the time and date of the interview as the interview might have been scheduled too much in advance.
- Busy schedule - This is especially true for the working candidates. It is a daunting task for a working candidate to arrange fit-in the time. Sometimes candidate might sneak out of work or take a long lunch break to appear for the interview. Sometimes a working candidate might miss an interview as an urgent assignment or an important meeting might show up at the last moment. In such cases, the candidates are left with no other option but to skip the interview.
- Laziness - Negative factors like laziness often prevent candidates from appearing in an interview. This, in the long run, might harm the career potential of the candidate.
- Family emergency - Yet another common reason recruiter might have heard so many times. While sometimes it might be serious enough for a candidate to skip the interview, it might just be an excuse for some.
- Vague job description - Writing a well-defined job post, is an art in itself. It is often found that the Human Resource department of an organizations have not been able to write a well-defined job post and the targeted candidate might decide to skip the interview as he finds the job description is not matching his profile.
- Undisclosed salary details - Sometimes candidate decides to skip a job interview just because they are clueless about the compensation package. Talent acquisition professionals do not disclose salary details to the candidates a number of times. This might be another big reason behind no-show problem.
- Company unable to explain their business and values - The HR department is supposed to be the first brand ambassador of a company. Only a fruitful conversation with the HR can make the potential candidate make feel that he is the suitable candidate for the discussed job profile. In case the HR department has not been able to communicate fruitfully, the candidate might decide about skipping the interview thinking, the post is not what he is looking for as his ‘dream job’.
- The candidate has more interviews lined up - If the potential candidate is an active job seeker, there might be more interviews lined up on the same day. In such a case, a potential candidate might skip the interview.
To sum up, no-shows are common in the recruitment process. However, companies might be able to avoid the problem with a few basic techniques. Do you want to know about them? Our next article will discuss the same. Stay tuned.