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Old 08-09-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Middle Earth
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Yay, I finally got an interview (three different ones, actually)! My question is, is it best to be one of the first at an interview process or one of the last? I'm thinking last since the memory will be better in their head, but I'm sure if you're very good, they will remember you regardless. I'm not the best at interviews. I'm only good when there's a connection there with me and the person interviewing me, but perhaps that's a good thing because if we don't connect well at first, we may not work well later on. At least that's been my experience.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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it doesn't matter. if you're a good candidate, you're a good candidate. they won't forget you.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Doesn't matter.

Only a few people get to the interview stage for any position. Out of a field of 6, it is likely that 3 are going to completely bomb the interview. Of the remaining 3, it is likely that there is enough of a separation between credentials, experience and interview appeal that one is a clear front runner.

Don't worry about sequence. You have little or no control over it and it is not a significant factor when compared to the rest.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Its not best to be first
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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maybe last because they could end up asking better questions that came up during previous interviews, that werent asked on the first few ones and therefore completely writing off those guys
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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It doesn't matter.

I've been a part of the interviewing process and done interviews with co-workers where they've said "yeah, but [X candidate] is still my top choice." If you're the front-runner, you just are.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:39 PM
 
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In my experience, go last.

People's attention spans are very short. Also, by the time they go towards the final candidates after an exhaustive interviewing process, the interview tends to be easier and more casual. Use this to your advantage and nail the interview. Send follow-up letters and you will have a much better since the decision making is most near your interview date.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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maybe last because they could end up asking better questions that came up during previous interviews, that werent asked on the first few ones and therefore completely writing off those guys
That would also essentially mean the last interview would be detailed/tougher than the earlier ones? That might make it difficult for an otherwise average candidate. He would have done fine if he was one of the first few candidates, but now that he is towards the end, he gets tougher questions?

I personally think it doesn't matter. A good candidate will be able to highlight his skills no matter the order.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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In my experience, go last.

People's attention spans are very short.
I would hope my interviewer would be taking notes and not going by his memory to make a hiring decision!
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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That would also essentially mean the last interview would be detailed/tougher than the earlier ones? That might make it difficult for an otherwise average candidate. He would have done fine if he was one of the first few candidates, but now that he is towards the end, he gets tougher questions?

I personally think it doesn't matter. A good candidate will be able to highlight his skills no matter the order.
at that point theyve heard a few versions of the answers and when its the 'last' guy's turn, sometimes all you need to touch on is one key word and theyd assume you know the answer and then theyd save themselves from hearing the rest blah blah blah ok moving on
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