Deciphering the Science Behind Job Searching: Part V - Timing Matters

April 17, 2020

It's not IF but WHEN you apply that makes the difference.

 

Kushal Chakrabarti from TalentWorks digs deeper into the topic of timing your application exactly right, to boost your chances of landing the interview

 

Job Search Tips — AKA: Life Definitely Isn’t Fair*

 

[* Your actual qualifications matter less than you think. There are dozens of variables that affect your hireability, including the day of the week you apply for a job.]

 

Apply on Mondays (Don’t Apply on Fridays) [+46% BOOST]


Timing has a surprising effect on how likely you are to get an interview callback — this the first of three related tips.

 

In short, apply on Mondays — you have a 46% higher chance of getting an interview callback. If you apply on Sunday or during the middle of the week, you have a reasonable chance. But, whatever you do, don’t apply on Fridays or Saturdays.

 

Why? Imagine how you feel on Friday afternoons — you’re probably just trying to plow through your open tasks so you can get home and relax. Unless someone’s especially promising, that Friday afternoon job application is just another email standing between you and your weekend.

 

Apply in the First 4 Days [+65% BOOST]

 

Applying early gets you a +64.7% boost over your competition on average. (Although it can make up to an 8x difference for a single job application, most people aren’t applying at the worst possible time.)

 

Apply Before 10am [+89% BOOST]


Applying between 6am and 10am gives you an +89.1% boost over your competition. (As above, your competition isn’t applying at the worst possible time so you don’t get the full 5x boost every time.)

 

 

 

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