When scheduling interviews, hiring managers are generally accommodating. They understand that all candidates have different schedules and usually give them a choice as to when they can come in for an interview. So the next time you’re given that choice, should you just squeeze it in wherever it fits into your schedule? If you really want the position, you might want to give it more thought than that.
Schedule it early!
Of course, if you’re truly the right candidate for the role, you’ll likely be picked anyway—but every little bit of planning helps when preparing for the interview, starting with the time you schedule it for. And studies are repeatedly suggesting that early morning interviews give candidates the best opportunity to make a lasting impression.
Think about it. When are you most receptive and intuitive: at the beginning of the day or an hour to quitting time? The same goes for hiring managers; on interviewing days, they usually see numerous candidates and can get tired after several hours of back-to-back interviews. In addition, they may have the misfortune of meeting with a candidate with a poor attitude earlier in the day, and may unintentionally bring the negativity into their next meetings.
However, if you take an earlier slot, you may be the standard that other candidates are held to. You’ll be able to meet with a refreshed interviewer who has yet to meet with many other candidates. Likewise, you’ll be alert and ready to go, and most likely less nervous than you’d be if you had to spend your day anticipating an interview and overthinking it.
If you have to schedule a later meeting time, consider the slot right after lunch time. Directly before lunch, the interviewer might be thinking about break or may feel burnt out. But schedule something directly after lunch and you’ll both feel reenergized and ready to get to work.
Stick to mid-week.
When you’re ready to schedule your interview, you should also keep the day of the week in mind. Early morning interviews are best, but what’s likely to happen if you schedule one on a Monday? Monday mornings are usually fraught with interruptions and distractions as everyone catches up from the weekend. Likewise, Fridays are usually not the best option, because many have their eyes on preparing for the weekend and are not wholly present.
If you schedule your interview for an early morning on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you’re most likely to have the interviewer’s attention and avoid interruptions and factors that are otherwise out of your control. The professional you are meeting with will be in the more determined mindset of the early workweek and ready to hear you out—and may even extend your meeting if there’s time and they’re wowed enough!