The Best (and Worst) Times to Schedule an Interview
Did you know the day and time of an interview affects whether or not you land a job? It’s true. While you might not always be able to control the time of your interview, if you do have some say in the matter, keep these 4 tips in mind:
1) Don’t be FIRST:
You might think being first would leave a lasting impression on the recruiter, when in fact, there are drawbacks to being both first AND last.
If you schedule the interview first thing in the morning, your interviewer could be groggy or late. While it may only have a mild impact, contrast bias is also a factor. When you’re first, you become the benchmark against all others and you can never really surpass the benchmark.
2) Don’t be LAST:
Something called “decision fatigue” (a very real thing) becomes a factor for the interviewer as the day progresses.
A study by the National Academy of Science revealed applicants for parole were less likely to be granted a favorable judgment as the day progressed. The study found that judges became more cautious or defaulted to rejection as they gradually lost their ability to examine applications thoroughly throughout the day.
3) Don’t be in the MIDDLE:
A 2013 study out of Wharton School and Harvard Business School revealed that interviewers had the tendency to give fewer positive ratings later in the day if they had previously given positive ratings earlier in the process.
The logic is that interviewers did this on a conscious or a subconscious level, in order to even out the ratings they had already issued.
4) What’s the Best Time (and Day)?
Ideally, you want to schedule the interview between 10am and 11:30am. Studies have shown Tuesday is one of the most productive days of the week, so given that Mondays are an unpopular day of the week and few people focus well on Fridays, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday would be an ideal time to schedule your interview.
Above all else, the amount of preparation you put into an interview will have the greatest effect on whether or not you land the job.
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