The Best Time to Schedule an Interview

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This guest post via Recruiting Blogswap is from JobGoRound.com, providing career advice on resume writing, job searching, interviewing, and more.

There are certain rules for scheduling job interviews that should be followed for the best results.

Best Days of the Week for Scheduling a Job Interview

You should always schedule your job interviews between Tuesday and Thursday.

If you schedule an interview on Friday, you’ll get someone at the end of the work week when all that is on their mind is the upcoming weekend.

If you schedule an interview on Monday, you’ll get someone at the beginning of the work week, who perhaps will not be happy that their weekend just flew by so fast.

In either case you will not get the full and positive attention you want from your prospective employer.

Best Times of Day for Scheduling a Job Interview

As far as time of day goes, you should always schedule your job interviews for one of two time spans.

The first time span is between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Assuming the business with which you are interviewing operates 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., arriving any earlier than 10 a.m. may get you an interviewer who has not had their morning coffee kick in and may be just a bit cranky.

Always give your prospective boss or other interviewer a little time to settle into the work day.

If you schedule your interview after 11 a.m., you risk a hungry interviewer who will rush you out the door as the noon lunch hour looms. You want to make sure that you have at least a half-hour to plead your case as to why they should hire you.

The second time span is between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Again, assuming the company’s work hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can bet lunch is from noon to 1 p.m. Get there any earlier than 2 p.m. and you risk interviewing with a full-bellied boss who hasn’t yet settled back into the work day after lunch. Give your prospective employer just a bit of time to get back into the work groove after lunch is over.

You also should avoid interviewing past 4 p.m. if the work day ends at 5 p.m.

Nothing will get you through an interview faster than scheduling it at the end of the work day. No one likes to stay at work late if they don’t have to, and an interview scheduled later than 4 p.m. puts you at risk of being hurried through the interview.

Again, you want to make sure you have at least a half-hour of undivided attention to get the most out of your interview.

The Best Day and Time for Scheduling a Job Interview Is When It Best Suits the Employer

The only other rule for interviewing is that if the company gives you a day and time, then that is the perfect time for your interview.

Avoid changing an interview that has been set for you by a prospective employer. If they want to meet with you at 4:49 p.m. on Friday, then that’s when you go.

But since many companies will leave it up to you as to when you want to interview, following the above interview scheduling tricks will be to your advantage.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

2 Comments

  1. gigi

    Thanks. I appreciate your advice.

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