What you need to know:
- Assess the importance of the other assignment and make a decision on which one is more important to you.
- If you are employed and the engagement is related to your current role, I advise you to focus on your current job since you are not assured of getting the other one.
- You should never jeopadise the job at hand.
I have been invited for an interview on short notice. The interview is set for a particular day when I already have crucial engagements planned. What is the best way to respond? Is it proper to request them to reschedule the interview? How do I prepare to clinch the job?
Interviews dates are not cast in stone and therefore, the recruiter should be ready to reschedule especially if the invite was made on short notice. However, if the panel is large, it will be difficult to reconstitute it. You could request to join the interview session virtually. If you possess unique skills that are not readily available in the market, then you have an upper hand and there is a high likelihood that the panel can be reconstituted. The recruiter is also likely to reschedule if the clashing engagement is work related, since that will portray you as a responsible and reliable individual.
Assess the importance of the other assignment and make a decision on which one is more important to you. If you are employed and the engagement is related to your current role, I advise you to focus on your current job since you are not assured of getting the other one. You should never jeopadise the job at hand. In fact, it is prudent for you to apply for leave instead of using your employer’s time to prepare for and attend the sessions. This way, you will be at ease and in the right frame of mind when attending the interview.
Prepare adequately by understanding the industry of your prospective employer and the challenges they are dealing with. Are you up to the challenge in terms of skills and experience? What unique solutions would you immediately implement if given the opportunity? Identify your strong points in comparison to the other contenders. Share the achievements you recorded in your current role and convince the panel that you will replicate the same success in the new role. Demonstrate your commercial acumen during the interview by defining how your role will contribute to the financial success of the organisation.
Finally, look out for yourself. Is this role aligned with your career growth aspirations? Does the organsiation provide an enabling environment for you to thrive and deliver on the objectives? Carry out a thorough assessment before you make a calculated career move.