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Old 04-10-2019, 11:10 AM
 
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I found the job on linkedin and reached out the person who posted it to see if I could send him a resume, rather than applying through the site (aka the black hole of resumes). He said sure, and that he would pass it onto the HR manager.


The HR manager called me for a phone call just to get a sense of my background and salary target etc etc. Then she said the guy I messaged would call me and he did.


After my call with him, they now want me to come in tomorrow to meet in person. Apparently this job had been posted once before and the applicants were very underwhelming, so they've tweaked the job description and re-posted. I am the first person they are interviewing.


I don't know if that's a good or bad thing Ö thoughts? I mean, does being first kind of put the pressure on more? I want to stand out and be remembered.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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It is neither good nor bad. The content of the interview is what matters.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:48 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have done many interviews, as a hiring manager, and there is no difference in the order, unless several people are very close, then it may be somewhat of an advantage to be toward the end. I minimize that by taking good notes during the interviews. Probably 90% of the time one person stands out and it’s not even close. I was interviewing Monday. For example, and on a scale of 1-10 the 4 people were 9,6,3,2. That’s fairly typical. The person with the 9 was first, by the way, and selected. Maybe first is good luck?
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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It at least gives you the ability to set a standard.
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:06 PM
 
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I have done many interviews, as a hiring manager, and there is no difference in the order, unless several people are very close, then it may be somewhat of an advantage to be toward the end. I minimize that by taking good notes during the interviews. Probably 90% of the time one person stands out and itís not even close. I was interviewing Monday. For example, and on a scale of 1-10 the 4 people were 9,6,3,2. Thatís fairly typical. The person with the 9 was first, by the way, and selected. Maybe first is good luck?
I feel good in knowing that based on my phone call, they want me to come in in person. I would wager if they didn't feel good about the call, they would not have brought me in.


The guy said I sounded very thorough when talking about my experience. All signs post to good things so far but I gotta go in and see. Sometimes you get a different feeling about jobs after you see the workspace or meet the people in person.
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:21 PM
 
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If the hiring manager is desperate to fill the position, then it's good to interview first. However, if not desperate and the company wants to take it's time, then it's better to be toward the end when memories of the initial candidates are long gone.

None of that matters if you simply knocks their socks off in your interview, though.
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:58 PM
 
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As of right now, today, I hope it's better to be toward the end.
I got a call last Thursday about an interview. But didn't have any availability until this coming Monday.
So....I'll be after all the people they're interviewing this week.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:21 PM
 
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Interview order is immaterial.
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Old 04-10-2019, 02:01 PM
 
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Be last to leave a lasting impression .

My boss knew within the first few minutes ..he'd have the rest of the interviews cancelled if he found 'the one'.
Sometimes the first was the last.

I come from the. .you might not recall how the book started but you'll recall how it ended.
Be the end of them searching.
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Old 04-10-2019, 02:04 PM
 
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Actually I read once that there was some study conducted and, in fact, the people who are interviewed last (last in the order AND latest in the day) are often the most fresh in the interview's minds and psychologically there is an advantage to those folks.

While you can't control the order, I do try and interview late in the day. People are generally in a better mood (their day is nearly over) and the interviews don't seem as impersonal in the late afternoon, more small-talk.
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