Of all job interview tips you have heard, I bet this one is new: If possible, try to schedule a job interview for right after lunchtime. The reason? An NPR summary of a dismaying study from the National Academy of Sciences indicates that “judges [are] more likely to award parole in cases they [hear] immediately after taking a meal break.” It may seem incredible that judicial rulings—and, perhaps, the extension of job offers—can be so rooted in capriciousness and irrationality, but to be capricious and irrational is to be human.
But, if you can’t get a good time slot, don’t sweat it. Who knows—maybe the hiring manager received an unpleasant personal phone call during lunch and you dodged a bullet. (Sometimes you have to think negatively to be positive!)
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