TL;DR: For GoodTime to schedule an interview it must first define an 'Interview time zone' that the schedule will be based upon. The Interview time zone will typically be the same as the Candidate's time zone. There are however a few exceptions to this rule. The list below explains how GoodTime identifies the 'Interview time zone' in order to allow for scheduling to occur:
1. If hosting an onsite interview: Interview time zone = Onsite time zone
2. If interview is occurring remotely: Interview time zone = Candidate time zone
3. If 1. or 2. cannot be identified: Interview time zone = Scheduler's time zone
4. NOTE: You can also manually set the Interview time zone in the top left of the search results page.
How is the 'Interview time zone' defined? (a deeper dive):
- If taking place onsite: Interview time zone = Onsite time zone
- When the interview is taking place in person/IRL then the location where the interview occurs is the Interview time zone
- This is done because regardless of where the candidate and interviewers may typically be based, the physical location where they will meet for the interview is the most important time zone when scheduling.
- If occurring remotely: Interview time zone = Candidate time zone
- When an interview is occurring remotely, the Interview time zone will be aligned with the Candidates time zone.
- Some or all interviewers may be in the same time zone as the candidate for a remote interview, but this is not a requirement.
- We default the Interview time zone to be the same as the Candidate as it is valuable for interviewers to understand the time at which the candidate is interviewing (especially if a candidate is interviewing either very late or very early in their local time zone to meet with your interview team)
- The candidate time zone is automatically collected by GoodTime through the Request Availability process, or can be pulled from your ATS if it is listed there as part of your candidate's profile.
- If the either of the above can not be identified: Interview time zone = Scheduler's time zone
- In the rare instance when an Onsite time zone or Candidate time zone cannot be identified; GoodTime will default to the Interview time zone being reflected as the local time zone of the user conducting the scheduling (as this can always be identified based on the local time zone of the computer a scheduler is using to schedule an event).
- While GoodTime will aim to define the Interview time zone using the above 3 options in preference order, the user can always adjust the 'Interview time zone' manually in the top left of the search results page.
For more information on how GoodTime displays Time Zones please see: