When You Want to Land a Job, Timing Is Key

Job seekers have different opinions on what time of day is the best time for a job interview. Should you be the first interview, or the last? Some new data suggests that the early bird gets the worm – or job.

Staffing firm Accountemps recently interviewed a number of corporate chief financial officers, and found that most of them believe the most productive time for conducting hiring interviews is between 9 and 11 a.m.

“Mid-morning is an ideal time for a job interview because it gives the interviewer time to set daily priorities and settle into his or her day before the meeting,” said Bill Driscoll, district president for Accountemps.

Driscoll suggests you void scheduling an interview late in the afternoon when fatigue sets in. Late afternoon is also bad, since the interviewers may already be thinking about going home.

But timing still isn’t everything. You have to be prepared in a number of ways.

Accountemps has these tips for making a good first impression:

Plan the logistics. Print copies of your resume, prepare your outfit and find where you are going by looking up directions or doing a trial visit prior to your interview.

Be prepared. Research the company and hiring manager before your meeting. Rehearse your responses to commonly asked questions.

Arrive on time. Don’t cut it close when attending an interview. Allow yourself an extra 20-30 minutes to account for unanticipated delays.

Take time off for your interview. If you are employed, consider taking time off for a job interview instead of scheduling it during lunch or after work hours. A more relaxed pace for the day may help you be at your best.

Calm your nerves. Try not to ramble or become too introverted. If you get anxious during an interview, take a deep breath to collect your thoughts.”

That last point is an important one to master. Keeping your cool in a pressured situation is something managers look for in a candidate. Following the tips that come before can really help you to accomplish the last one.

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