That late night job board scroll paid off: You just happened upon the listing of your dreams. But before you act fast and shoot your cover letter and résumé over to the hiring manager, keep in mind: There’s actually an ideal time of day to apply for a job if you want to get it, according to a recent study conducted by TalentWorks.
Yep, researchers found that applications received after 7:30 p.m. were the least likely to result in an interview. In fact, anything that came in after 4 p.m. rarely led to even a callback. (Damn.) Instead, the sweet spot for sending in a job application—and receiving a reply—is actually between 6 and 10 a.m.
The reason? It’s all about making your résumé one of the first things in a person’s inbox. (This makes sense considering most of us tend to be extra email attentive first thing in the day.) And if you miss the morning window, don’t fret. There’s still a small buffer zone, according to the study, which saw another spike in job application replies around lunchtime.