January 16, 2014, 3:48 PM — If you get the perk of picking the day and time for your next job interview, Business Insider's Vivian Giang has the slot for you:
10:30 a.m, Tuesday
"People are shown to be most productive on Tuesdays and won't feel rushed by the time they meet you," Giang notes. "It's also late enough in the day that your interviewer has had time to check their email, have a cup of coffee, and get ready for your arrival."
Similarly, if a company tries to schedule your interview for the end of the day and earlier time, try to push back - gently - and suggest another day and earlier time, if possible.
"You also don't want to be someone's last meeting of the workday, because there's a good chance the interviewer's attention might not solely be on you," she notes. "They could be thinking about priorities that they have after work."
Giang highlights a series of surprising factors that can affect your job chances, one of which is being kind to the receptionist.
"Employers want to know how you interact with others regularly, so a common tactic is to ask the receptionist about you later," she says.
Receptionists can be a font of information for the candidate, as well as the hiring manager.
"You can glean a lot of information about a company from observing and interacting with receptionists," U.S. News & World Report’s Ben Weiss says.
One tip: Just don't try to pick up the receptionist. You won't get the job.