Emma Fielding
Emma Fielding
Associate: Private Practice

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I need to reschedule or cancel my interview - what do I need to do?

There are a number of reasons why you might have to cancel or reschedule an interview. As recruiters, we understand this and so do our clients. However, it's very important to communicate any delays or problems as soon as possible. This allows for two things. Firstly, unnecessary time wasting - for the client - is avoided. Secondly, and more importantly, it shows a level of professionalism from you.

Rescheduling

If there's a genuine reason why you might need to delay or reschedule and interview, call your recruiter as soon as possible. We're then able to inform the client in good time and reschedule on your behalf.  People are very understanding when things go wrong. We're all human and we've all had 'one of those days' where traffic problems or emergencies stop us in our tracks. Our tip is to be honest, and if you think you might be late or not make the interview at all, just let us know.

Change of plans

In a situation where you've decided not to carry on with the process and have no intention of attending the interview at all - you might've simply changed your mind and decided to stay put, accepted an alternative position, or decided to pursue a different opportunity - it's OK! Again, as recruiters we understand that this can happen. However, if it does, once again our advice is to let us know as soon as possible.

The legal community is relatively small and people talk. If you decide not to attend an interview and haven’t let anybody know it doesn't look good from a professional P.O.V. There might be a time in the future where you want to be re-considered by the same firm and it's highly unlikely that they'll forget your ‘no show’. Equally, professionals talk to each other. A 'no show' at one firm may effect your chances of employment at another.

Our 5 top tips:

  1. Don't panic if things go wrong
  2. If you need to change your interview arrangements, let us know with as much notice as possible 
  3. Be honest about your intentions – it's okay to change your mind
  4. Be realistic. If you're running late, give us a truthful estimation of your arrival
  5. Keep in regular contact with your recruiter. We are here to help you, but for us to help your properly, we need to know your situation and we can only help if we know when things change
For more information please contact Emma Fielding at BCL Legal.

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