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EP 940  I was scheduled for a phone interview. After waiting for one hour I sent an email to ask about it with no reply. Should I call? 

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"I was scheduled for a phone interview for a job. After one hour, I sent an email to ask what had happened and received no reply. Should I call him?"

How long do you think they would wait if you were late for a phone interview? How much time you think would go by before they would respond? I tell you the answer. 10 minutes.

Yes, call. Start off with your message being, "We were scheduled to speak at 2 o'clock. It is 3 PM now. I haven't heard from anyone. I would like to reschedule. What is your calendar like tomorrow?"

If there is still no reply, this is what you do. "Are you okay? We were scheduled to speak and I haven't heard from you. Are you okay?" What that will do is flush up the other contact. Obviously something came up on their side or you are misled to believe that you have a phone interview by recruiter who misrepresented the situation. No matter. What you're looking for is a situation where you are trying to get them to come forward. Thus, the "Are you okay," approach . . . Do that as a voicemail; follow up immediately with an email that says the same thing and that you are scheduled to speak with them yesterday at 2 PM, you haven't heard anything back, didn't receive a phone call, I'm concerned that something might be wrong.

"Please reach out to me. I hope we can reschedule this conversation. If not, please just let me know that you are all right."

That will go a long way toward flushing them out and making them communicate with you which is really what you want right now.


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

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