I scheduled Poor Little Susie (we’ll use that name to protect the innocent) for a job interview with one of my clients. Little Susie never showed. She called me in a panic an hour after her interview. Said she had been in a horrific automobile accident. Said the police came, and everything. Said the other lady got charged with the accident and she didn’t have to be hospitalized so everything was OK! Everything was OK and she could interview tomorrow.
I guess my client had heard this one before. They said, alright…we will see Little Susie tomorrow, just have her scan and email or fax a copy of the police report to them directly and they would reschedule the interview.
When I gave Little Susie this information she went in to a panic. “They can’t do that, I could have been killed! I don’t have a copy of the police report, the other lady got charged. You should see what she did to my car!”
Tiring of this charade I said, “Alright Little Susie, here’s what I will do for you. Take your camera or camera phone out to your car (which she said she drove home), take a picture of the damage and email it to me. I will forward it to my client and see what they will do.” She hung up on me. I thought one of our cell phones dropped the call. After spending 3-5 hours of my time qualifying Little Susie and running her references to get her the interview, I was sure she wouldn’t have hung up on me.
Little Susie was a liar! Running late for an interview is usually the kiss of death, but lying definitely is. There is a slight chance if you are running late for an interview, call them or call your Recruiter and tell the truth your interview may be salvaged. Integrity is getting harder and harder to find in this world. If you have the chance to display it, by all means do. I’m not sure what made Little Susie late for her interview but I would bet next month’s pay it wasn’t an automobile accident.