I've been participating in several multi-day hiring events as an interviewer and I noticed that candidates who got interviewed during the last couple of days had a higher chance of being hired.
For example 50 candidates are distributed on 4 days. The management set a target to hire 6-8 developers. During the first 2 days the bar is really high. Both the hiring managers and event organizers are very picky. We end up rejecting lots of the candidates.
As we approach the end of the event I noticed that the technical bar has been really lowered to the point that we started accepting candidates that wouldn't have passed a phone screening.
Now with the targeted number of candidates being hired upper management can brag about how the event was successful. This happened several times during the course of several years in different companies.
Is this normal? Do candidates being interviewed near the end of the event have a higher chance of being hired?