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Is there really a best time to have an interview? I am given two options - Morning or afternoon slot on Friday. What is the best?

Anonymous

This might be super basic but in the end, many factors play a role. Experts opinion from MBB on the above stated question would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!

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Vlad replied on 03/08/2018
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Hi,

Great question:

  1. Depending on when you can problem-solve better. Maybe you are not a morning person
  2. There is a famous research that found a positive correlation between the number of non-guilty verdicts and hearings time. (Most of the non-guilty decisions were taken after lunch). Think about it!

Best

Francesco replied on 05/31/2018
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Hi Anonymous,

in general morning is better for the following reasons:

  • The later you interview, the more likely something will pop up for the interviewer distracting him
  • Energy and focus of the interviewer tend to decrease later in the day
  • Stress may increase for candidates having to wait half day

Having said that, the choice also depends on when you feel stronger on case cracking, as Vlad said.

Best,

Francesco

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replied on 03/07/2018

Hey,

It completely depends on whether you are a morning or afternoon person and choose the one that you feel more comfortable to perform at your best!

I've heard so many theories by now of when are interviewers more friendly and etc, but I would completely stick to choose based on my previous point rather than any potential conjecture.

Best

Bruno