So I had a phone interview and the person said something about bringing people in for campus interviews that made me think, hmmmmm. Is there any meaning behind the order in which interviews are offered? I've noticed they don't all seem to happen on the same day and this comment had me wondering, is the first candidate offered an interview and maybe therefore offered earlier dates the top candidate on paper and so on? Then if you're contacted last then, your least? :)
Date: 09 Nov 2012 03:35
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As someone who is currently trying to arrange to bring four candidates in for campus interviews, I can say (at least in this case) absolutely not. Juggling departmental schedules, the holidays, candidates who have other interviews, and the schedules of administrators who must meet the candidates makes it such that you get in when you can. Order of preference has no bearing on chronology of interview.
Yah, I guess I was more considering the order in which people are contacted for a campus interview invitation, not as much so as when folks are actually able to come. But that's good to know that if you are called last and interview last, that doesn't mean they are the least interested in you!
also, things change in person. I think I might have been my school's last choice in-person interview prospect, but I was their first choice job offer.
the year i was offered my first job… i was at least third string. i'd been told i was on the long short list before thanksgiving and didn't hear from them again until the end of january. by that time, they'd already offered and been rejected at least twice.
you never know!