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No call, No Show : The Invisible Middle Finger

So you get the call…the application you filled out last week got noticed and you have been scheduled for your interview. You are determined to show up this morning and get that job. You need it. However, twenty minutes before your interview, you get a phone call while in route.

There is an emergency that demands your attention and you need to bust that U-turn in morning traffic and deal with the issue. What do you do? Common sense and decency would dictate that you call the person expecting you and make arrangements for another time, if possible. Most people would be very understanding in this situation, especially if there was something in your application that peeked their interest in you in the first place.

The worst thing you could do in that situation is no call, no show. In your mind, it’s not such a big deal, but in the mind of the person that offered you an opportunity for employment, you just flipped them the bird! Think about it. They carefully read your application, found a place in the schedule to see you in person, checked your background (in many cases), reached out to you to make sure the interview time was convenient, and the fact that you couldn’t muster a simple “Hey, I can’t make it today,” will really tick some people off, so much that it may feel to them like you gave them the middle finger in person.

Here’s another scenario, you found a job… and you like it (not at that other place, because of your no call, no show). They expect you to start work at 9am. On your way to work, you get a phone call 20 minutes before you’re supposed to punch in, and there is an emergency that demands your attention and you need to bust that U-turn in morning traffic and deal with the issue. What do you do? If you have ever worked anywhere, you know that you call your supervisor, make them aware of the issue and thank them for being understanding. No call, no show will mean termination for most jobs. Supervisors don’t like the middle finger. In fact, the only job I can think of where no call, no show is tolerated is in Congress. Congressman, “Hey Bill, we needed your vote on that proposition yesterday, where were you?” Bill, “There was a mixer at the Oxford Club and I couldn’t get out of it.”

Ok, last one. You find the courage inside yourself and you make the decision to become an entrepreneur. You lost your job for that no call, no show and you’re sick and tired of the 9 to 5 grind anyway. You decide it’s time to take things to a new level. You have a meeting this afternoon with a Real Estate agent to see a property that you have had your eye on for quite some time. You find a great area to open up shop. Time to take over the world!

On your way to your appointment, you get a phone call 20 minutes before you’re supposed to show up, and there is an emergency that demands your attention and you need to bust that U-turn in afternoon traffic and deal with the issue. What do you do? Well, you’re a boss now…no need to call right? You’re self employed…you can do what you want right? Wrong. The real estate agent waited for you for 45 minutes. She has a life. She is offended….then she’s pissed. She returns to her office and adds your name to a list. A list that all realtors in that region can access. All of which could have been avoided with the common courtesy of a phone call. You will find that many professionals will not ever work with you for one no call, no show.

We all have unforeseen situations arise from time to time and how we deal them can be crucial to our success. I was told by someone I consider to be a very wise person, “If you know there is a chance that you may be late for something, make a call before you are late. If you know you can’t show up for an appointment, make a call, as much time before hand as possible. Even if you are unable to reach out right away, reach out as soon as you can.”

Managing our time effectively is a habit that takes cultivation. I work at it continually, but no call, no show? I don’t do it. If you expect to be treated with decency, treat others with it. When someone makes the time and arrangements to work with you, or help you realize your personal goals, don’t give them the middle finger. Show up…and if you can’t show up, make a call.

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