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Grab A Wednesday Lunch Interview For Best Success Rate

Grab A Wednesday Lunch Interview For Best Success Rate

Wednesday lunchtime could be the best time of the week to have a job interview in the UK, according to real interview data from a leading recruitment consultant.

The data showed that 36% of successful candidates had interviewed on a Wednesday, compared to 30% on a Friday, 18% on a Tuesday, and only 9% and 7% on a Thursday and Monday respectively.

Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment assessed data from its last 1000 interviews, and as well as looking at the days of the week, the company allocated its successful outcomes* to five & lsquo;slots’ per day - before work, morning, lunchtime, afternoon and after work**.

The results showed that across the UK, 34% of its successful candidates interviewed over lunchtime, compared to only 7% before work and 9% after work.

Candidates who opted for an interview before or after their working day in London were better rewarded for their effort, however, with 16% and 10% of successful interviews taking place before and after work respectively.

 **Breakdown of successful interview time slots (UK average)

Before work: 6am – 9am: 7%

Morning: 9am – 11am: 26%

Lunchtime: 11am – 2pm 34%

Afternoon: 2pm – 5pm - 24%

After work 5pm – 8pm: 9%

Comments Jon Nolan from Douglas Scott: "The rush of getting to an interview before or after work is not ideal – a mid week day off to focus completely on the task in hand is perhaps the best approach. We advise trying to meet when you are less stressed, if possible. Obviously more of our candidates opt for during work times as opposed to rushing to an interview before or after work – and it is paying off.

Rob Kay, Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Managing Director of Beechwood Business Psychologists agrees and adds: "The quality of an interview and the decision that is made, ultimately rests with the interviewer. If we think about this from the interviewer’s perspective, by Wednesday, we are likely to be well on the way to doing what we set out to do for that working week, together with a knowledge of what still needs to be done before the weekend. We are & lsquo;balanced’.

In a similar way, by lunchtime, we are likely to have sent those all important emails and so are not preoccupied with issues we have not had the opportunity to address. After lunch, our focus may be more on what needs to be done before the end of the day and not on what the candidate is saying.

Interviewers need to ensure they are 100% focused on the task in hand whilst also putting their candidate at ease as much as possible, so that they are calm and relaxed and are able to articulate their skills and experience effectively.”

Nolan concludes that candidates should remain flexible: "This does depend on the industry and the people involved, and we would never recommend you rely entirely on the time of your interview for your success – preparation, skills and personality are key. The interview is a two-way process but the candidate should be the one that bends a little to suit the times of the interviewer, if possible. We always advise that being adaptable and showing willing will get you off to a good start!"

* a successful outcome was deemed being put forward for the next round of interviews, or being offered employment.


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