You’ve applied for a dozen jobs, and an HR staffer at one company has (finally!) called you back. They’re offering you a handful of times for a job interview. What time should you choose?
Short answer: Earlier is better.
Your energy levels tend to be higher in the morning; you’re fresh and (hopefully) eager to go. But it’s not just about you: Your interviewer will (hopefully) feel more energetic, as well.
A study earlier this year in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology suggested that, when it comes to interviewers’ schedules, the fourth job candidate on any given day is the one who gets the most attention. After that point, the interviewer’s exhaustion level rises; by late afternoon, a candidate is less likely to receive the full consideration they deserve.
When you’re interviewing for jobs, it’s easy to forget that your interviewer is seeing multiple candidates in the same day, and that the interview process is just as tiring for the questioner as the job candidate. Book your interview for 9 or 10 A.M. (if you have a choice), and it’s likelier you’ll sit down with your interviewer when they’re feeling their best—which can only benefit you.