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What Are the Consequences of Not Turning Up For An Interview?

  • Adrian Grundy
  • Monday, May 31, 2021

So you have confirmed an interview with a potential employer, but you’ve had a change in heart – uh oh!

This isnt unusual. INFACT a recent study revealed that 34% of candidates abandoned interview because they didn’t want the job anymore and 22% expect at least an email confirmation or they may forget about the interview altogether.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s an unacceptable, unprofessional, and unwanted emerging trend and one that doesn’t look particularly great on your part.

The question is, what is the severity of being labelled an interview “no-show”?

If you fail to turn up to your interview, there are a number of consequences you could face.

There are, however, two in particular you should make note of.

1. You’ll be blacklisted.

For instance, if you’re applying for a job via a recruitment agency, they’ll probably blacklist you going forward. You never want to be blacklisted by a recruiter BECAUSE  THERE JOB IS TO BE THE MOST NETWORKED PERSON IN THE SECTOR meaning they will know everyone worth knowing. 

Your actions could reflect badly on the recruiter since they’ve shown faith in you and decided to represent you in front of their client.

So it will make you look unprofessional and untrustworthy. Those are two traits recruitment agencies tend to avoid with a barge pole!

If you’re dealing directly with the employer, you may think that it doesn’t make a difference if you show or not – as you probably won’t apply for a position with them again.

However, you might be surprised by the knock-on effect it could have on you in the future.

Think of it this way, if you’re applying for a Room Leaders role and the manager recruiting leaves, you could find yourself going for a role at a different company in the near future that’s being recruited for by that same person. This is VERY common in Perth where the sector is so close and everybody knows everybody.

While you may think there are a lot of coincidences involved in this particular scenario, don’t be surprised if something similar happens.

After all, karma will come to bite you in the backside.

You may also find that employers will discuss things like this.

With social media and networking events so accessible nowadays, you don’t want to be the topic of a negative conversation.

2. Burning bridges

Another consequence of not turning up is the fact that you’ll well and truly burn your bridges at that company.

Granted, the company or position may not seem right for you at that particular time, but who’s to say that it won’t be in four to five years time.

Maintaining a professional and positive image of yourself may well benefit you in the future as the recruiter or employer may help you find a role at a later date.

This is particularly true when it comes to recruitment agencies.


As a sector, we have fought to be classified and seen as professionals in a real profession and not just babysitters, professionalism and communication should be normal and expected to reflect this.

If you do a NO SHOW you are setting back all the hard work everyone has done to bring this sector forward from being seen as minders and babysitters to a sector filled with highly skilled professionals.