Can I trust recruiters who stood me up last time?

Friday October 18 2019



Jane Muiruri

Jane Muiruri 

By Jane Muiruri

I took time off work for an interview but when I got there, the hiring manager wasn’t there. No one could find her, so I went back to work. Later, the recruiter told me there was a communication breakdown and asked to reschedule the interview. What if they don’t show up again? Claire

Dear Claire,
An interview is also an opportunity for the candidate to assess the kind of values that the organisation holds dear, and the work environment he or she will be subjected to. It is clear the recruitment agency you were using was at fault, because it is their responsibility to ensure the potential candidate and the employer meet at a time that is convenient for both of them.

You should politely ask them to ensure that this does not recur. That said, if you still need the job, you have no choice but to attend the next interview. Often, employees wonder whether to ask for a day off, or sneak to attend interviews. Your employer pays your bills, therefore have a responsibility to treat him with respect.

Take one of your leave days so that you maintain your integrity and trust with your employer. What if you get spotted at the interview? When you take an official leave day, the employer has no business finding out what you are up to, and you will also be more relaxed as you wait for your at turn at the interview room. I have encountered candidates who get very anxious while waiting for their turn with the recruiters just because they had lied to the employer regarding their whereabouts. They often don’t perform well in the interviews because they are in a rush to complete the session.

If the recruiters don’t show up a second time, you will need to seriously reconsider your interest of working with them. You already have a job, so you are surely not that desperate.
If they are already demonstrating such behaviour at the interview stage, can you be sure that they will keep their word on other important obligations such as honouring the contract?

Jane Muiruri - Senior HR Manager,
Nation Media Group
jwmuiruri@ke.nationmedia.com
anankya@ntv.co.ug

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