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Timing May Be Everything When It Comes To Landing A Job
CFOs Say a Morning Job Interview is Best, Candidates Have 15 Minutes to Impress

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The early bird not only catches the worm – he or she may also land the job. In a recent survey from Accountemps, 61 percent of CFOs interviewed said they believe the most productive time for conducting hiring interviews is between 9 and 11 a.m. These findings are in line with a previous study from 2010.

An Accountemps survey shows that morning is the best time for a job interview. Make the first few minutes count - the survey also found that CFOs form a positive or negative opinion of a candidate within the first 15 minutes.

View an infographic of the survey findings.

"Mid-morning is an ideal time for a job interview because it gives the interviewer time to set daily priorities and settle into his or her day before the meeting," said Bill Driscoll, district president for Accountemps. "Avoid scheduling an interview late in the afternoon when fatigue sets in. Late afternoon is also the time when interviewers may start shifting their focus to personal priorities."

The research also found the first few minutes of a job interview can be the most telling – more than half (60 percent) of CFOs said they form an opinion of the candidate within the first 15 minutes. Driscoll added, "A first impression starts with the initial handshake. What you wear, your demeanor and body language are details that interviewers assess within the first few minutes of meeting someone."

Driscoll also pointed out one of the most common questions you might hear at the beginning of a job interview is "tell me about yourself." He added, "This is your opportunity to shine during a job interview. Use this time to offer a brief statement that summarizes your experience and objectives."

CFOs were asked "Which of the following times of day do you believe is the most productive for conducting hiring interviews?" Their responses:

Before 9 a.m.


9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


After 5 p.m.


Don't know




CFOs were also asked "How long does it typically take you to form either a positive or negative opinion of a job candidate during an initial interview?" Their responses:

Less than five minutes


Five minutes


Six to 10 minutes


11 to 15 minutes


16 to 20 minutes


21 to 30 minutes


More than 30 minutes


Don't know/no answer




Accountemps offers the following tips for making a successful first impression in the interview:

  • Plan the logistics. Print copies of your resume, prepare your outfit and find where you are going by looking up directions or doing a trial visit prior to your interview.
  • Be prepared. Research the company and hiring manager before your meeting. Rehearse your responses to commonly asked questions.
  • Arrive on time. Don't cut it close when attending an interview. Allow yourself an extra 20-30 minutes to account for unanticipated delays.
  • Take time off for your interview. If you are employed, consider taking time off for a job interview instead of scheduling it during lunch or after work hours. A more relaxed pace for the day may help you be at your best.
  • Calm your nerves. Try not to ramble or become too introverted. If you get anxious during an interview, take a deep breath to collect your thoughts.

About the Research
The survey was conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 330 offices worldwide. More resources, including job search services and the company's blog, can be found at

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