When you have an appointment for a job interview and you can’t make it, what should you do? Sometimes life happens – a child or other family member may become ill, you may have a suddenly conflicting work obligation at your current job, or your car might have decided to break down the morning of the interview. The answer depends on whether you have decided you don’t want the job after all and want to cancel completely, or if you want to simply 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 be able to make it to your interview appointment. If at all possible, don’t wait until the last minute. Let the employer know as soon as you’re aware you can’t make it.

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 with the company that’s a better fit for you.

When You Don’t Want to Reschedule

If you have decided that you’re truly 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after all, and you don’t want to go to the interview, it is common courtesy to let the interviewer know that you have withdrawn your candidacy for the position. Think carefully, though, about your reasons for declining the interview – if you aren’t 100% sure whether or not you’d want the job, it’s generally better to attend the interview as a “fact finding” mission.

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