You might ask – if this really true?? And yes, it is – I’ve tried it.
A really bad time, for having your interview meeting is Monday morning or Friday afternoon. Never ever have a meeting scheduled there, if you can avoid it. Your chances of getting the job will drop dramatically – regardless how good your skills and knowledge is.
It has nothing to do with you – it’s about the attention span of the person who interviews you.
Why this times don’t work
Monday mornings are generally reserved for planning the week ahead, so your interview partner will think of everything else – except you and your interview performance.
The same goes for Friday afternoons. People are already in weekend mode – and if your meeting is scheduled for that time, you will not be successful.
But it’s not only me, who came up with this theory. There have been numerous studies (e.g. Hudson), which actually prove, that candidates are unlikely to get the job during this times.
Off course, there will be exceptions – but generally, you make your life much harder – when you have a meeting during this time.
Which times are good?
Good times for having an interview are generally Tuesdays to Thursdays: First thing in the morning. Afternoons are also OK.
Again, try to avoid lunchtime meetings – you might rush to the meeting from your current employer or your interview partner has already meetings scheduled shortly after. So it’s better to place an interview at the beginning or at the end of the day (e.g. 8:30 am or 5:30 pm).
In case you get an interview time offered, which is scheduled on Monday or Friday – just negotiate another time by saying – ‘you are on a training course at work and can’t make this’ or ‘you are traveling for work on that day and therefore you are not in the city’. Both are acceptable reason for moving your interview meeting to another date or time.