After spending the entire day calling, interviewing, reporting, researching, typing and chasing feedback, the interviewer will feel so overwhelmed with the day’s work it will be difficult to make a decision.
A decision has to be made, however, and the thinking process goes something like this:
10am – great meeting, good potential candidate, great background
12pm – another great meeting, good profile and experience
3pm – great meeting, great potential candidate, good background
4pm – another good meeting, great references
5pm – yet another great meeting, good experience
6pm – final meeting, I just don’t know
The odds are good that the 3pm candidate will stand out. The recruiter, HR manager, and anyone else involved in the interview were still clear-headed then.
The 10am interview was too early and had nothing for comparison.
The 4pm and 5pm interviews were mentally like after an hour of cage boxing.
By the 6pm interview, everyone was feeling dizzy and sick.