How to Cancel a Job Interview

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When you have an appointment for a job interview and you can't make it, what should you do? The answer depends on whether you have decided you don't want the job and want to cancel completely or if you want to reschedule for another date and time.

How to Cancel a Job Interview

In either case, it’s important to let the employer know as soon as possible that you’re not going to make it. Don’t wait until the last minute.

  The interviewer’s time is valuable, and another applicant can be scheduled in the time slot you’re giving up. You also want to stay on good terms with the employer in case you want to reschedule or if another job opens up that’s a better fit.

When You Don’t Want to Reschedule

If you have decided that you're not interested in the position after all, and you don't want to go to the interview, it is common courtesy to let the interviewer know that you have withdrawn your candidacy for the position.

Call or email the person who scheduled the interview to let them know that you are not going to make it. Provide as much notice as possible. There's no need to give a reason or an explanation.

There are a couple of reasons why it's important to let the interviewer know you won't make it. First of all, it's good manners. Secondly, if you simply don't show up or give very short notice, you are burning your bridges with the company and won't have any chance of getting hired by them in the future.

When You Want to Reschedule the Interview

When you still want the interview, but can’t make it at the scheduled time, email or call the person who scheduled the interview.  If you email and don’t hear back right away, make a call so you know the interviewer gets the message.

Suggest an alternative date and time, so you can secure another interview slot.

Make sure you will be able to make it, you might get a pass the first time you cancelled, but it probably won’t happen the second time. Here’s how to reschedule a job interview.

Give Plenty of Notice

Either way, give the company as much notice as possible that you aren't going to show up for the interview. Being considerate of the interviewer's time will be appreciated, even if you don't want the job.

Take the Time to Prepare

As you get ready for your interview, take the time to prepare thoroughly so you can ace it. Review these tips for how to prepare for a job interview to make the best impression on the hiring manager.

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