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Jumping the Gun on an Interview

Savvy Confessions: Did I Jump the Gun With This Interview?

This reader posted in our anonymous Savvy Confessions group, saying that she's worried about jumping the gun on an interview.

Dear SavvySugar,

I have a job interview on Wednesday that I am incredibly excited about. I am currently in graduate school and asked one of my professors to write me a recommendation letter last week after I scheduled the interview. He said he is more than happy to, that he is traveling in China so the earliest he would be able to do so would be Monday, the 26th, and that he would like to email the interviewer directly because it would look better for me if the letter comes straight from him. I told him, "Thank you," provided her email address, and let him know that he doesn't need to rush the letter, as my interview isn't until the 28th, so if he could send it after the interview that would be great.

However, I got an email this morning (Monday morning) from him, saying that he emailed the letter to the interviewer already. I am worried. Does it look bad that he already emailed it to her before my interview?? I did not ask her if it was OK to share her email address for the reference. She did not mention needing reference letters on the phone, so this was something I was providing on my own.

I am paranoid that I have ruined my chance by jumping the gun!!

Thanks,
Worried About My Interview

Dear Worried About My Interview,

First of all, relax. Don't make a bigger deal out of it than it really is. Your interviewer may be slightly taken aback, but it isn't the end of the world. You can clear things up by sending a brief email today and remember to keep it short and sweet. You can say something like:

"Apologies for the premature reference email from my professor. I had asked my professor to prepare something, but it looks like there is a bit of a mix-up on the dates of my interview. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday."

Read on for more.

Don't go into details or make the email too long, or she'll be able to sense your distress from your email. You need to project a calm and collected image. Once you get the email out of the way, you'll be able to focus your energy on prepping for your interview. And if you want to reference the email at the interview, keep it brief and say, "Sorry about the confusion regarding the reference email."

Good luck on your interview!

Sincerely,
SavvySugar

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bumrushme bumrushme 5 years
I did end up getting the job and started a month ago! Thanks for your reply!
DazzleDe DazzleDe 5 years
don't worry. being eager is a good thing in this job market. if they like you and want to hire you, this won't stand in your way!
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