Ask a Manager had an interesting post the other day about what is a good excuse for missing a phone interview. She relates a situation where a candidate misses the call, then sends a casual note by way of follow-up. AAM concludes:
"The only potentially mitigating factor in her favor is that she's a recent grad and therefore inexperienced."
I enjoyed reading through the comments and lean towards agreeing with HR Wench who said simply:
So it turns out I have a quasi-related situation to pose for your scrutiny. Last week I sent out an e-mail to candidates for an admin job thanking them for their resume, letting them know I was interested in scheduling a phone call with them to discuss their background further, and I offered 4 or 5 different times I could be free over the next three days and asked which one they preferred. (By the way, this is a part-time job with FULL BENEFITS so I have a lot of resumes.)
I got back a reply that said:
"Thanks for considering me. I'm available anytime - just give me a call."
This response bugged me. My schedule is particularly jammed these next few weeks with several "top priority" projects and what little leeway I have is taken up by current employees who are standing right in front of me. I already gave some available times and asked the candidate to pick one. My intention was to schedule the call into an already busy schedule, not randomly call and hope to find someone free to talk at that time. I also feel like the candidate may not really be interested since she didn't jump on the chance to schedule a specific time.
At this point I am not inclined to send a 2nd e-mail to try to schedule a specific time and I am going to focus on candidates who did schedule a specific time for a call. But then, she did say, 'Thanks for considering me..." which seemed nice and pleasant. Am I being too uptight? What would you do?