Would you ever go to the effort of responding to a job listing, sending a resume, and scheduling an interview, and then not bother showing up to the interview?
That has happened twice recently. I placed an ad for a sales position and started getting resumes pretty quickly after I placed the ad. I contacted the people who sent resumes and weeded out some of them over the phone, some of the people who didn't read the ad carefully and when they found out what kind of position it is weren't that interested, but I had a couple other people who seemed genuinely interested and we scheduled interviews. Neither one of them bothered to show up. Neither one of them bothered to call me or even return my calls.
I understand that it's a numbers game and that I'll probably have to weed through quite a few people, but I still don't understand why someone would bother to schedule an interview and blow it off. If you're not that interested, why even bother scheduling the interview? Why not just tell me over the phone that it's not what you're looking for. That's twice now that I have set aside a block of time and stayed in town to meet with someone who didn't bother showing up.
Is it just my dumb luck that I've gotten two of those in a row, or is it something I'm doing when I contact these people? I have no experience recruiting and interviewing, so I'm really flying by the seat of my pants here. Is this a common thing, people not bothering to even show up for interviews?