Interview early or later in the day?

I have a superday interview with a BB AM in a few days. They told me they are looking at 10 candidates during the superday and will make 2 offers. The only time slot that was left was the last one of the day (4:30) so I got stuck with that. Will this put me at an advantage or a disadvantage? I have relevant experience (two summers at two different boutique AM funds) and great ECs, but weak grades (3.2). My worry is they'll make up their minds on the 4 candidates before they go through me and I'll be SOL. On the other hand, I guess they could also remember me better than others as well.

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Oct 22, 2012 - 9:16pm
socal10, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It really depends. If you're last, then they can remember you easier than they would remember someone in the middle. But they'll be tired and not be as energetic as they might otherwise be. Don't be discouraged.

May 20, 2014 - 12:35pm
Gr4v1ty, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Interview timing: early or late? (Originally Posted: 01/13/2011)

To those of you who have empirical evidence or have experience dealing with a stream of interviews throughout the day, do you believe it to be more advantageous to interview first, last, or somewhere in the middle? I've heard varying opinions with varying results so I'd love to hear some of you chime in on the debate!

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Oct 23, 2012 - 1:25am
CHItizen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If it's the only slot that's left, I wouldn't worry about something I can't control. You have a shot; make the most of it.

That being said, I always liked interviewing toward the first half of the day - not the first person, but if there are ten interviewees, then maybe 3rd or 4th. If you're first, the interviewer may be just warming up (being on the other side of the table isn't always super easy either), and he/she may not be able to judge you effectively. If a couple of kids have gone before you, they'll kind of have a sense of what the standard is, and may be able to judge you better. That being said, if you kill your interview, it really won't matter whether you go first, last, or somewhere in between.

Best of luck on your interviews.

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May 20, 2014 - 12:38pm
Stringer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When to Interview (Originally Posted: 02/06/2009)

Hi,

I'm interviewing next week for a position and I get to choose from my interview slot. Should I be first, last, or somewhere in between? Is it best to set the bar (first) or be the freshest in their memory (last)?

Just wanted to some insight on the advantages/disadvantages of interviewing at different times.

May 20, 2014 - 12:45pm
MadCatz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Interviews...what day? what time is best? (Originally Posted: 12/15/2007)

Just throwing this out there. Do you guys have any strategy as for time and date of interviews. For example, if you had a choice between Monday through Friday, which day would you pick? Also, what time? Do you want to be the first person to interview, the last, or somewhere in the middle? Correspondingly, do you prefer mornings or afternoons.

Just curious what everyone's preferences are and reasons for picking his/her personal interview slot.

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Oct 23, 2012 - 1:41am
monkeyboi, what's your opinion? Comment below:

interview towards the end of the day. if you have multiple interviews, make sure you schedule the "lesser" firms at the beginning of the day to warm-up/practice for the "better" firms

May 20, 2014 - 12:58pm
ewong, what's your opinion? Comment below:

superday interview order (Originally Posted: 02/15/2008)

i have a superday in 2 weeks for a BB in NYC. when they called to schedule me for the date/time, i was given four dates to choose from, with either morning or afternoon time slots. This leads me to believe that they are inviting back 8 people for superday, and will probably hire 2-3 summer analysts.

My question is such, due to my scheduling conflicts, i had to pick the very last date and interview slot (afternoon), essentially making me the very last candidate to be interviewed. Does being the last candidate interviewed put you at any disadvantaged compared to being an earlier one? for instance, if there are 2-3 stellar standouts that get interviewed before me, do i still get an equal opportunity in their eyes or does it just become a formality because they've already made their decisions?

May 20, 2014 - 12:59pm
xabaglione, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Its not that bad to be the last candidate to be interview.. It is only bad when you are the last one of the day and they have been interview for 8+ hours (in my case).. The good side of being the last one to be interviewed is that you will be the freshest in their mind..

just do a good job. connect to the interviewers.. make them remeber you..

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May 20, 2014 - 1:00pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You realize that banks don't hold superdays for 1 person... right? There will likely be at least 4 people and probably more like 12-30 people at each of the superdays. I know a BB that I have been talking to has its last superday next week at which there will be 60 candidates.

May 20, 2014 - 1:01pm
ewong, what's your opinion? Comment below:

shit, nah i didnt know that. i had assumed it was 2 per day (since they asked me if i wanted afternoon or morning)... that piece of knowledge makes me feel a whole lot better though.

May 20, 2014 - 1:02pm
models_and_bottles, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not true at all re: superdays only being one person. I had one superday where it was only me and I have a superday this week that will also be only me. This was due to schedule conflicts on my end, thankfully the firms were/are working with me.

To answer the original question: I believe being the last is an absolute benefit (unless you are literally there until 5 on a Friday, which case the whole office will hate you).

Why: - Firms will NOT fill all their slots until they are done interviewing. They may fill most but they will not fill all. - Being first is a disadvantage: they don't know how to relatively rank you, therefore they cannot say you are the "best" candidate. - Being by yourself is an advantage. They are more likely to remember you.

May 20, 2014 - 1:03pm
tpg, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Superday: go sooner or later? (Originally Posted: 09/27/2007)

There are two options for superday weekends. Does it matter if you go sooner than later?

May 20, 2014 - 1:07pm
CompBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Definitely sooner. I don't know of any quotas. You take good people as you find them. If things dry up before superday #2, you have the same # of candidates fighting for fewer spots.

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May 20, 2014 - 1:11pm
7S, what's your opinion? Comment below:

they get together at the end of each final round day and discuss all candidates and rank them

then do the same for the later interviewing days

usually they decide everything until the end

for example i interviewed at an east coast location, and had to wait til the team finished with west coast schools to get the final decision

if you are good it shouldnt matter... whatever makes you feel more comfortable

May 20, 2014 - 1:12pm
bleedblue82, what's your opinion? Comment below:

in my experience, two of the three do a form of "rolling admission"; they'll start extending offers from the first day of 2nd rounds onward, to the extent that sometimes the last day has only one slot available. Of course, they're only extending offers to the rockstars on those early days, but assuming you do well you are bettering your chances of getting an offer in general, since they're more willing to use up slots earlier.

May 20, 2014 - 1:13pm
petergibbons, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sometimes going later gives you more time to prepare, sometimes their openings close up. I've had both experiences...although if they really like you, they'll find a place for you, period.

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May 20, 2014 - 1:15pm
PiperJaffrayChiang, what's your opinion? Comment below:

there is no best time. if you're good, you're good. if you're lackluster, even if the MD just finished a manag a trois session with two brazilian models, you ain't gonna to make it.

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May 20, 2014 - 1:18pm
SirBankalot, what's your opinion? Comment below:
BananaStand:
I've interviewed Analysts/Associates for the past 3-4 years and I can tell you that it really doesn't matter to me.

If someone walks in first thing in the morning and is a standout, there's no question I'll remember that person. Same goes for someone coming in at the end of the day.

So, what you're saying is that the best time to interview is the first or last one?
May 20, 2014 - 1:19pm
BananaStand, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sorry, my point was that time doesn't matter. You can be first, last or somewhere in between and if you stand out, I'll remember you.

I've never had a preference as the interviewer and I don't think I've ever overlooked a good candidate because they interviewed at some specific slot in the day.

If you have choices, pick the one that will allow you to be the least stressed and most focused on the interview (i.e. don't schedule the interview for the morning if you have some deadline you're worried about in the afternoon).

May 20, 2014 - 1:21pm
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