First and foremost, let’s get the one basic point out of the way.
You should make every effort within your means to get to an interview that you have already scheduled. Every single piece, part and parcel of effort.
The worst thing you can do when seeking employment is to show Joe the ‘Prospective Employer’ any semblance of inconsistency, lack of commitment, poor time management, yada, yada, yada. The competition for positioning in today’s job market is fierce, and the worst-case reaction to a request to reschedule and interview will probably be, “Sorry sir/ma’am, but he position was just filled”. Not what you wanted to hear.
Now, what actions should you take if the unforeseen becomes the up close and real?
Well, that depends on the scenario. Realistically thinking, the impossible to predict is well, impossible to predict. Life goes on whether interviews are scheduled or not. We must properly negotiate the little emergencies well so that they don’t become large emergencies. But as a wise man once said, have a back-up plan for everything.
Try to schedule all interviews towards the end of the work day. You will allow yourself time to get all the little things done, and prepare for whatever fate sends lunging at you. A little space to bargain with goes a long way in preventing the reschedule dilemma.
Make yourself open to a telephone interview.Yes the dreaded phone interview, the bane of your job seeker existence. Scheduling this sort of interview allows you to be in two places at once-hypothetically. With mobile phone capabilities, the ability to talk and firefight at the same time are greatly enhanced. Just think, car trouble? No problem. Need to pick up a relative in a pinch? No problem. Your only responsibility would be to create a quiet space in the middle of chaos. Easy, right?
Try to schedule the interview as early as possible.
Great, so bring on the contradictions. First we should schedule towards the end of the day. Now the beginning, what gives? Remember, every contingency counts. Scheduling an interview as early as possible gives your job search first dibs on your own day. The earlier the interview the less possibility of receiving that call that leads to the reschedule dilemma.
Line up the stunt double.
Have a stand in ready. Someone who can drive to the school, or run to the market, or cross state lines if needed (well.). This person should be reliable and capable and procured well in advance.
What!? Yes sir, reschedule the interview. Sure the possibility of immediately being over-looked exists, but at least you did that which is most important over all.
First and foremost, your reason must be top notch and real. Then, the request should be professional and respectful. You should allow the organization to determine the next interview time and date. Your shot at landing the job has to include foregoing conventional fear and rely on taking a chance. The worst case scenario is just that-a scenario. Anything can happen and your effort most steer that anything in a positive direction. So reschedule the interview
Best of luck and well wishes in your job hunt.