Chris Winterboer
Chris Winterboer

Is Back to School a Good Time for a Job Interview?

Hiring Process, Job Search Tips

August 29, 2016

Ah, the time of year that kids dread and parents have circled on the calendar for weeks. Summer is over, class is in session, and life takes on a different speed for a few weeks. Even if you do not have school-aged children, you probably recall those days vividly or know someone else who is going through that transition as we speak. It also triggers a very busy interview time for several reasons:

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  1. Summer vacations are in the rear-view mirror. Everyone has squeezed in that last trip to the lake, one last round of weekday golf, or random day off to take the kids to the amusement park. Which means they are more readily available to schedule that interview they’ve been meaning to conduct for a position that has been open for a while.

  2. Fourth quarter is right around the corner. If an employer had a new hire in the budget to be used by the end of the year, now is the time to jump on interviewing. Sometimes that budget line item is even used for something else in the fourth quarter if a hire is not made. Most hiring managers do not want to let that opportunity slip away.

  3. 1/1 renewal season has already started. As crazy as that sounds, it is true. Renewals, enrollment meetings, risk assessments, health screenings, year-in-review meetings, all start happening now. Companies need extra hands on deck for this busy season, and they likely need to hire starting yesterday to get everyone trained and ready to go ASAP.

  4. Turnover becomes an issue. Candidates who have been considering a move all summer, now put their foot on the gas pedal for the same reason that employers do. Which leads to the vicious cycle of musical chairs that can make your head spin. Employers want to stay ahead of that and not miss out on the good employees that are looking to make a move.

  5. Goals are met or missed in the fourth quarter. If they are met, more opportunity may abound for new employees. If they are missed, employers may be looking to be more strategic with their budget dollars. The closer the end of the year comes, the more clarity comes as well. So take advantage of the projections either way right now.


I am about to enter my 14th year of insurance recruiting, and this is always a busy time for us. Take advantage of the chaos and throw your name in the ring if you are considering a job change. If a candidate asks me at this time of year when they should get active with their interview process, I always reply with “Yesterday.” No better time than the present to explore a new challenge or opportunity.

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