given less than 6 hours notice for an interview?

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  1. firsttime

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    received a call this morning for an interview in a school that is a couple hours away from my current location (first contact from this school). they wanted me to come in less than 6 hours from the time of the call. I couldn't make it on that short of a notice.

    what should I think of that? I think I was just a last minute replacement for someone else that may have cancelled or dropped out. any other opinions?
     
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  3. Ross

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    You are correct in thinking that this was a response to a cancellation by someone else.

    The advantage of taking this short notice interview is that they may be having trouble finding hightly qualified candidates so showing up means that there is less competition.

    Notifying them that you are unable to make this short notice interview because of previous commitments does not hurt your chances in the future.
     
  4. swansong1

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    Of course, they could have liked your cover letter and resume so much that they wanted to snatch you up before any one else had a chance. I think I would have gone to the interview.
     
  5. Aliceacc

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    I agree.

    Unless I was in labor or at Jury Duty, I would have gotten there.
     
  6. mopar

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    I too would have tried to get there. Now if you live about 4 or more hours away, it definitely would be okay to ask to come in tomorrow or do a phone interview.
     
  7. MrsC

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    I had one hour notice for the interview at my current school. The principal at the school I was at came into my gym class at 3:00 to tell me that I had an interview at 4:00 at another school (I wasn't returning because of declining enrollment). I went to the interview in the khakis and turtleneck I had worn to school that day and got the call offering the job the next night at 7:00pm. I'm so glad that I didn't try to put the interview off so that I could have more time.
     
  8. donziejo

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    This.
     
  9. Caesar753

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    I think you should have gone to the interview or asked for a phone interview. Oh well, hindsight and all that. Be sure to jump on the next interview.
     
  10. chebrutta

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    I don't think it means anything. I got hired on a resume drop-off - 5 minute notice, interview, job offered 15 minutes later. Sometimes they see something on your resume that they like and want to interview immediately.
     
  11. JustMe

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    I am assuming when you said you couldn't make it that you really couldn't...babysitter issues or something along those lines. Otherwise, be ready to go with very short notice. :)

    I would have an interview outfit always ready along with portfolios. Best wishes!
     
  12. PCdiva

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    I was notified by email of an interview andgiven 1 days notice. Of course I went..while sitting there the secretary received a call from a candidate that had just opened the email. Her timeslot had passed. I joked with the secretary that anyone wanting a library media specialist job should be so connected in terms of technology that they should check their email more often!
     
  13. Missteacherlady

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    Haha, yes sometimes these things happen very quickly. I emailed a principal my resume and cover letter one afternoon around 4:30pm and received a call back two hours later asking if I could come in for an interview the next day. I said yes, and ended up getting the job!
     

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