There are two main elements to getting your scheduling and timing right for interviews. The first is obviously arriving 10 minutes before the interview and the second is to strategically select the optimum time slot for your interview that will keep you fresh in the interviewers mind and potentially give you a marginal advantage over the competition.
You don’t get a second chance at a first impression so arriving late or in a hurried state for an interview is a big no-no. The best strategy is to arrive at least 10 minutes before your interview is set to commence. This will give you enough time to get accustomed with your surroundings and help ensure that you are cool, calm and collected as you enter the interview room.
If you are given the option of selecting a time from a number of pre-assigned time slots, a good strategy is to choose a day where very few other candidates are being interviewed or pick a morning slot towards the end of the interview cycle.
Harvard University recently conducted a study cantered around the subject of “narrow bracketing” and found that there is an unconscious decision in many interviewers’ minds not too give too many positive recommendations on a particular day.
Hence based on these findings one should schedule a morning interview or an interview on a day where you know very few other candidates are being interviewed.
For example, if you are the first candidate in a week long interview cycle, chances are that you will be used as the benchmark for the rest of the week. This could potentially work against you, unless of course, you are by far the runaway candidate in terms of skills and experience.
A strategy you should consider is to go for a morning slot later on the week as this will not only give you more time to prepare but will keep you fresh in a interviewers mind as you are close to the decision cycle.
Your interview strategy should include being early for your interview but also to pay careful attention to when your interview is scheduled, as this could give you marginal competitive advantage over other candidates in the process.