Make the Interview Happen

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Make the Interview Happen

I like to pass along the internship stories I hear from students, clients, friends, and family. An internship coordinator at an anonymous music company forwarded me an email chain this weekend. He had scheduled an interview with a potential internship candidate over the holidays. The student confirmed the interview time but didn&t stop to think that he was going to be driving in the middle of nowhere during that time. The student was in the middle of a family road trip. The phone interview happened and lasted for about 5 minutes before the phone went dead due to bad reception. The student didn&t call the internship coordinator back and contacted the employer 5 days later via email apologizing for the bad reception. Now, I&m all about making yourself available in EVERY situation. However, if you know you are going to be somewhere with bad reception, explain this to the employer and suggest other times that might work. You want the employer to know that you are going to do whatever you need to do to make the call happen. If this scenario happens, you MUST call or email the employer back ASAP. In this case, as soon as the student had reception, they should have called or emailed and apologized and suggested other interview times that work. A 5 day gap is simply unacceptable. Be careful - don&t burn bridges.