Interviewing: Better to Be First or Last?
23 Sep 06
I would think it doesn't matter - if there is only one position availabe and you have all the qualifications for it I am quite certain the employer will not make up his mind before he talked to you even if you will be in last
20 Sep 06
First impression is not always the last impression. If the interviewer is an intelligent person and he keeps the focus on the right kind of candidate and has desire to get the one of the best for leading his business then he must wait for the right candidate. It is nothing to do with the first or last, if you have the ever lasting impact with your talks and experience then even if you come last you will be selected. Thus, it all depends on the personal skills and the way you present it in front of the interviewers. Interviewers are not novice guys they are running their businesses thus we can't challenge their decision about the selection. but, what we can do for ourselves is to deliver the best shot such that the panel may not agree on the other choices and you may win the unanimous vote.
20 Sep 06
It's more of a emotional approach by yourself for motivation and confidence. It depends on how sure of yourself you are. Go in first, have the first impression, try to make it a good one, or leave it last, be the last, and try to blow them away once they've seen everyone else. They're now comparing everyone else on you, if high standards have been set, you're going to have a hard time.
• United States
7 Sep 06
Seeing as I perform all the interviews for my dept. I thought I would chime in. I honestly can say I don't think it matters. I give each canidate the same begining, fresh. However I do pick out people that have set a bar and see if they can beat it. That has nothing to do with order, if they were the last one I would still choose them. The last time I did interviews I ended up extending offers to the last 2 canidates and I only have 2 spots available.