A successful web development company I have recently applied to stood me up TWO times for a scheduled phone interview. I have spent 2 hours studying their company and their services and an additional 2 hours waiting for them to call me, but the phone never rang. I found their listing through Craigslist.
The first time this happened, they did not even apologize. I wrote them an e-mail 10 minutes after the scheduled interview to make sure they had my correct phone number. They wrote back telling me that the hiring manager had left me a voicemail earlier that day, BUT I did not get any voice messages at all!
Then, we rescheduled. However, for our SECOND attempt at a phone interview, which was today, they stood me up again, and I guess the hiring manager called me an hour and a half after the scheduled appointment and finally left a voice message. In the voice message, he apologized for missing the appointment but was unable to offer a reason why.
I find that this unprofessional behavior makes me not want to work for them anymore. However, I also find myself bewildered at what to make of this, the best thing for me to do, and what this unprofessional behavior says about their company. Any thoughts and advice?
Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:
Q#390 Why do you think they need to hire? Could be huge opportunity but question employees to make sure. (@thejobgenius)
Q#390 I think that this says a lot about their company. Only pursue them further if you can work in this type of environment. (@gradversity)
Q#390 Consider yourself lucky u’re finding out about their professional ethos now, rather than after u accept job w/ them. (@ResumeStrategy)
Q#390 Trust your gut re company not being “right fit” for you. Intros often good indicator of company culture. Move on. (@juliaerickson)
Q#390 Why would u even entertain working there? Totally unprofessional. Move on. (@DebraWheatman)
Q#390 Move on. If they behave this badly duing the “dating” phase, how will they treat you after you’re “married”? (@DawnBugni)
Q#390 Two words: move on. Your first instincts are correct — you do not want to work for a company like that. (@heatherhuhman)
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