Interview Ethics

Posted: 12/4/2013

By: Elias Cobb, Quantix Recruiting Manager

Interview ethics, what does that mean? Well, as the IT market in Denver has gotten better and better, I have seen more and more candidates cancel interviews at the last second, not show up, not call and not show up, etc. In general, this is because a seemingly better offer materialized and the job for which the interview was scheduled is no longer so desirable. I want to make it clear - that sort of behavior is not only unprofessional, but not a good idea! Here's why:

First, I'll start with the selfish side: when you no call / no show for a client interview, it makes ME look bad! I know you may not really care about the recruiter's reputation, but you should! This will sour that recruiter and their entire team, diminishing the probability that they will ever work with you again. So what, you may say? There are hundreds of firms out there. True, but recruiters know each other and do share information on candidates - which ones are good and which ones are BAD. Do it enough times and you may be "blackballed" by most of the recruiters in town. And it doesn't really matter if it's the same person - once you are marked DO NOT CALL in a company's database, no recruiter at that likely to call you again.

Second, it makes YOU look bad to the client company and manager. Again, you may not care. But what if you run into that company again or even that manager? I know many hiring managers who keep spreadsheets and notes of the candidates they interview and they take that information with them from company to company. If you don't show up, what do you think your chances are of that manager giving you another chance? What are you going to do once you are employed there and get comfortable?

Third, what if that opportunity you didn't interview for turned out to be WAY better than the job you took? I know, you could keep interviewing for months and eventually have to make a decision. But if you have an interview scheduled within a day or two of another offer coming out, go ahead and interview! What if you were to find something out about this new company that you didn't know? What if the salary was much better than you thought? What if the environment or technologies are much cooler than you thought? You don't want to shoot yourself in the foot and miss out on something.

Finally, an interview is also an opportunity to get to know a hiring manager and potentially some team members. You never know, if you make a good impression or connection, one or more of them may remember you in the future or become a member of your network and help with a position in the future.