Congrats on securing the interview - this is something that most applicant's don't manage to even achieve.
Here's my take on this, but other coaches might have a different POV
- There is no official rule or guideline that will ‘mark’ you down if you reschedule 2x
- From an interviewer's POV, especially if you are not an industry hire for a specific practice area, I am always happy when interviews get cancelled, because it frees up my calendar (which is already packed as it is)
- The person most likely to get annoyed / irked would be the recruiter, who has to then try and find another time to schedule your interview. However, the recruiter is not the one evaluating your actual interview and so does not affect your chances of getting the offer, assuming you get the interview
- In general, I always believe its better to push back and prepare well, rather than rush and screw up a chance
- I have interviewed and failed too many promising candidates that just did not prepare well enough
- However the current time now is not optimal for recruiting as firms are *on average* slowing down hiring
- Read other posts on this forum and you will see stories of interviews being cancelled, offers being pushed back etc
- This will be region dependent as some coaches have said that ME is still hiring strongly. But for others like SEA, hiring is definitely slowing down
- So, my take is the following
- In ‘normal’ times → i would suggest pushing back the interview and preparing
- In ‘current’ times → if you can network and identify whether the office you are applying for is still hiring strongly, or slowing down, that will make a big difference. But lets assume the office you are hiring for is following the general trend of slowdown. In this instance, it is really up to your risk appetite on whether you want to push the interview back. There is a chance that your interview might be cancelled if you delay too much, or the slot you were interviewing for gets taken up by someone else
As for tips on how to prepare well in a month, this is very difficult to do so quickly by yourself (although I have known people who have done this). The most common advice you will get from coaches on this is to get a coach - and the rationale for this is that in a time-crunched environment, you really don't have the time to muck around and prepare inefficiently, or worse, prepare wrongly.
All the best!