Interviewing: Better to Be First or Last?

United States
September 5, 2006 5:57pm CST
Is it better to be the first to interview for a job, or the last?
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14 responses
@dellion (6708)
• Malaysia
23 Sep 06
To my own opinions I really think that whether you were the first or the last really dosen't matter and the key point was how you impress your interviewer.
@blessonje (1652)
• India
23 Sep 06
i think its better to be last so that u can get some quetion from others
@SunnyDays (1071)
• Bahamas
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
@Sweety76 (1596)
• India
23 Sep 06
first
@atulleo25 (484)
• India
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.
@babray06 (1789)
• India
20 Sep 06
Should be among the first 3-4 candidates. Because after all the interviewer(s) is/are human after all. They do have emotions and mood.
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.
@Aali311 (6128)
• United States
20 Sep 06
It doesnt matter if they like you and you qualify you'll get the job.
@MGlassco (220)
• 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.
@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
7 Sep 06
Somewhere I read that the last to be interviewed had more chances to get the job. It was long time ago, so I don't remember the details.
• United States
7 Sep 06
I doesn't matter as far as you getting the job, it does however matter to your anxiety. If you are ok waiting without getting anxious or worried, then last is ok. If the longer you wait the more nervous you get, then you need to go first.
@ssh123 (31109)
• India
7 Sep 06
First or last, if you feel (not only your confidence, but winning the confidence of interviewer) you are the right candidate, you will be chosen.
• United States
7 Sep 06
I would want to be first so hopefully I put a good impression on them right away
@bhchy1 (6053)
• United States
5 Sep 06
Maybe not the first but definetly at teh beginnin. I think at the end they have already decided and your interview is just a formality.