December 4, 2009 by sparktalk
A successful web development company I have recently applied to stood me up TWO times for a scheduled phone interview. I have spent 2 hours studying their company and their services and an additional 2 hours waiting for them to call me, but the phone never rang. I found their listing through Craigslist.
The first time this happened, they did not even apologize. I wrote them an e-mail 10 minutes after the scheduled interview to make sure they had my correct phone number. They wrote back telling me that the hiring manager had left me a voicemail earlier that day, BUT I did not get any voice messages at all! Then, we rescheduled. However, for our SECOND attempt at a phone interview, which was today, they stood me up again, and I guess the hiring manager called me an hour and a half after the scheduled appointment and finally left a voice message. In the voice message, he apologized for missing the appointment but was unable to offer a reason why.
I find that this unprofessional behavior makes me not want to work for them anymore. However, I also find myself bewildered at what to make of this, the best thing for me to do, and what this unprofessional behavior says about their company. Any thoughts and advice?
Of course, you don’t want to burn any bridges, but it does sound like this employer is not an ideal match for you. I would advise that you loosely stay in touch with them and allow them to make the next move. This way they do not lose face and if you never have contact with them again, they will have no ill feelings toward you.
It sounds as if their preferred method of communication is email. Perhaps you can send them a quick note indicating you are available for a telephone interview at their earliest convenience and will wait to hear form them.
Remember, you want to always be professional. Even if the potential employer is not!