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09/12/08
Interview Sequence
Filed under: Interview
Posted by: John Hadley @ 7:36 pm

This question was posted to a group to which I belong

I’ve been short listed for a position and they are bringing in the final candidates for interviews over a two day period.

Question: Do I want to go first, last or somewhere in the middle? They have given me the option since I will be traveling so I was wondering if there were any thoughts? Since the interviews will only be over a two day period, perhaps there’s not much difference.

My response

I’d go for 1st, for 2 reasons:

  1. This gives you time to deliver a powerful thank you letter emphasizing what a great candidate you are for the position before they have made their decision, perhaps even before they’ve interviewed candidate #3.
  2. If you do a great job of digging into THEIR challenges, and showing them how you are a strong solution to those, particularly demonstrating how the unique set of skills you bring to the table will make that possible, they may now judge the other candidates in part on their lack of that unique set of skills.

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