Your not going to believe this but…

There’s nothing worse for a recruiter then one of your candidates not turning up for an interview.  You’ve spent hours or days sifting through countless CV’s and, in many cases, headhunting potential candidates to present to your clients.  After all you want to give them the best possible pool of applicants to fulfill their trust in you to help fill an important role.

You’ve conducted face-to-face meetings, you’ve helped them ‘polish’ their CV to help present them in the best possible light and now you’re down to the final handful to be shortlisted.  Ping, the email is sent and interviews are diarised.

Now it’s a waiting game.  You’ve know you’ve done everything possible to ensure your client has a excellent group of applicants to ponder.

And then you get the call.  “Your candidate hasn’t turned up for his 10am interview!”

After a series of apologetic responses, you aim to seek out why your ‘bright hope’ is a no-show.

When questioned the reasons for their absence vary immensely.  Some fear failure, some fear success.  There are those who can’t decide what to do and prefer to do nothing as it will absolve them of responsibility.

In all honesty very few sound legitimate, but who is missing out?  Yes the interviewer has lost time and, in some cases, faith in the recruitment agency who in turn has wasted hours of time.  But ultimately the interviewee has lost credibility and a realistic opportunity to better themselves both in career terms and financially.

And then there are a sequence of bemusing excuses which have also been presented.

“I have forgotten to go the dry cleaners, and therefore have nothing decent to wear.”

“I am sorry, but I have had a change of heart.”

“I had a car accident on the way in to have our interview; I may have to go to casualty, but wanted to call you right away.”

“I can’t make it due to a family emergency.”  The exact reason is left to the imagination; could be the budgie got out of the cage or Great Aunt Maggie died.

Or, our favourite that an associate of our was genuinely presented with, ‘I went out last night and spent the night at girl’s house. I’ve not got time to go home and get changed, can we do it tomorrow instead?’

Granted some of these may well have an element of truth to them.  The sad thing is some of these candidates show a real talent for creative thinking.  But what they all have in common is an avoidance of commitment, resistance to change, a fear of the unknown and stepping outside of their comfort zone.

The rationale these people form for putting off an important, even possibly, a life-changing interview is that they need to stay in the old comfortable job and they just are afraid it won’t work out.

Cherie Hodder is the Senior Recruitment Consultant for  To discuss possible career opportunities in sport call Cherie on 0121 272 8386 or email