I applied to a lab and a professor want to set up an interview (for the first time). In the reply email, he said that:

"Please let me know when you are available. I am available on Monday-Friday, after XX:XX."

I would say when I am available:

"I would available everyday from XX to XX".

Should I also suggest a timeblock or not ?

"I would suggest that we meet on Friday at XX:XX."

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In this situation, pick a preferred time within the professor's constraints, and suggest it. To be safe, propose a back-up (perhaps the following day) in case anything goes wrong.

Additional tip: Suppose the professor said he's available after 10 am. Then to give him a little margin for error, I advise choosing a slightly later time, such as 10:30 am.

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    Yep. The annoying thing here would be to endure 7 or 8 back-and-forth e-mails trying to nail down a time. Those things drive me crazy. By trying to knock yourself out to be accommodating, you can be wearing out the person you're trying to impress.
    – B. Goddard
    Commented Jan 13, 2018 at 15:53
  • @B.Goddard - exactly. Commented Jan 14, 2018 at 1:18

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