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Mondays and Fridays are your Enemy

interview meetingThere are good days for having your interview and there are bad days for having your job interview.

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.

Mondays and Fridays are your Enemy was last modified: December 6th, 2013 by sandra

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7 Responses to Mondays and Fridays are your Enemy

  1. Marc December 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Sandra, thanks for the article. I never heard of this advise before – but it certainly makes sense. I will keep it in mind, when I have my next interview meeting.

    • sandra December 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      Thanks Marc – I didn’t know about it myself. I heard it first on one of this career coaching seminars.

  2. Ishda January 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Thank you – I had a similar experience. My interview on Friday afternoon didn’t really worked out well. The person who interviewed me, needed to leave earlier and cut our interview short. I never heard from them again….thanks for pointing this out!

  3. James February 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Wow – I didn’t know this! Thanks for sharing…great website by the way….!

  4. Mel February 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Great tip – thanks! I will keep it in mind!

  5. Joan July 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    You probably shouldn’t make a blanket statement that just because someone is scheduled to interview on Friday afternoon, they won’t be successful. That would be really discouraging to someone who happened to be scheduled for that time, and is untrue. Every case is different and someone could still ace an interview regardless of when it is in the week.

  6. max January 14, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    I had my interview this afternoon at 3PM…FRIDAY THE 13TH. 2017. THE INTERVIEW WAS PROBABLY THE BEST EXPERIENCE I’VE HAD IN MY CAREER. AS YOU SAID, THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE!

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