While we all know that doing your research is one of best possible ways to nail the interview, it seems that the order your interview takes place can also be a contributing factor in landing the job. While it may not be possible to dictate a time to the HR manager or recruiter heading up the interviews, it is worth keeping these key points in mind when your recruiter asks what time you're available.
Don't Be Last
Sure, you don't want to go first so it's easier to go last, right? Wrong. According to a study carried out by the National Academy of Science, a phenomena known as Decision Fatigue can kick in as the day progresses. This means that a person is less able to thoroughly examine a situation, which means that your interviewer may be over-cautious. The study looked at the decisions of parole officers who were considering the release of prisoners. It was discovered that inmates were less likely to be granted parole at the end of the day due to Decision Fatigue.
Don’t Go First
With that being said, you don’t want to go first in the day either. You risk the interviewer being tired and groggy. Being first also means you’re at a disadvantage as the interviewer has nobody to compare you too. Interviewers tend to compare their interviewee against the previous candidate. If you go first, it’s impossible to surpass the benchmark as there isn’t one yet.
Opt For Late Morning
Research by Wharton and Howard indicates the best possible time to go for an interview is late morning. That’s because interviewers subconsciously abide by a concept called Narrow Bracketing. This means that if they’ve already made positive recommendations about a group of candidates in the morning, they’re less likely to give out positive recommendations later in the day in order to even out their earlier decisions.