Someone was contacted at 4 PM for an interview the next day for a job that they are marginally qualified for. They are wondering if they are a filler on someone’s schedule. Here’s what I think.

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Someone was contacted about an interview the next day. Four o'clock one day. "We want you to interview the next day." They consider themselves a beginner. You know, they're a social worker, and they recently graduated school. They don't have experience in the area of Social Work that this job is involved with. They're female. Almost all the workers there are male, and they're wondering, am I a filler?

Now, I'm going to deal with this person's specific answer but this question, this scenario happens all the time. I get a call last minute on one day for an interview the next. Am I just filling the slot on someone's calendar? The truthful answer is probably, but you might not be.

I say probably because as you know, you don't really fit what the job description said. So getting a last minute call indicates that they had someone in the office doing interviews all day. And they don't want to just let this go. It might have been during a period in the middle part of the day or in the middle part of the morning. And they want to make sure this person is occupied and not just wandering around the office doing nothing.

So the probability is yes, you're a filler on the calendar. And you might not be. So the goal is always to create a great impression. The goal is always to try and develop a relationship with the interviewer so that they want to help you. So even if you're turned down, maybe they recommend you to someone else that they know.

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Hope you have a terrific day and more importantly, be great. Take care


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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2 Responses
  1. Gloria Beckley

    Use it to get you name know when the need an entry level worker. Ask about the company and their needs beyond that position. It’s a sales call.

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