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Just got an interview at BCG!! I know I’m overthinking this, and this probably doesn’t matter at all, but is there any strategy for what interview slot I should take? I was given a choice of 4: first thing, before lunch, after lunch, and end of the day

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Don’t choose the before lunch slot. There was some research regarding parole boards and the chances of them being lenient before lunch were extremely slim compared to the other times of day.... yes I’m aware this is an interview and you’re not up for parole

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Take the one where you will feel at your best and be completely distraction free. For example, I’m not a morning person so I will never take first slot.

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I’d go before lunch. They will remember you but will hurry you along to get food

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Not speaking for BCG specifically, but there is research indicating outcomes should be better early in the day. See “Israeli Parole Board Study.” 1. Go when you’ll be at your best 2. All else equal, go early

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I did the opposite. I am NOT a morning person at all. I always did afternoon and ended up getting the job. That said as an interviewer obviously the things freshest in your mind are the people you interviewed first and last. But if someone crushes it you’re going to remember them regardless so don’t stress too much on the specific timing, just go with when you will be at your best.

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Thanks for all your insights! I think I’m going to request the last slot of the day

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I wouldn’t do that

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I recently interviewed with Mck, I agree with the above comments regarding giving the interview when you’ll be your best but keep in mind on interview days(typically Fridays) the interviewer might probably be taking interviews the entire day and will be super exhausted towards the end of the day so in my opinion find a sweet spot between first and last slot of the day.

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PS: I got the job!

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I always go as early as possible. Making a good impression to set the bar. Once a bunch of other people have gone, they can compare you easily.

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We don’t really do that though at least I never have when interviewing. I’m much more are you meeting the bar to pass to next round or not. I’ve had days where everyone passed and, unfortunately much more frequently, I’ve had days where no one passed.

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What choices for dates did you have? (Asking about lead time). Was the opportunity to push the interview date? Applied too and I’m a busy project. Worried I won’t have time to prepare and present my best self.

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NA / Canadian office

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Congrats OP! What office are you interviewing for?

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