If the following ever happened to you, they were signs your interview went well. It is important to find out when interviews go bad or good. But interview feedback in such rare supply. Here are some signs your interview went well.
The hiring manager questions you about other interviews
Being asked about interviews with other companies is one of the best signs your interview went well. It is a good sign your career is about to go in a new direction.
Why? They are feeling out if anyone else has interest in you. They want to get an idea whether or not you would accept a job offer. If this ever happens to you, take note and try to remember all you did for the job interview. It went very well!
You start discussing specifics of the job
A great sign your interview went well is when the interviewer starts to talk about your ability to handle job responsibilities. If they start talking about what will happen on “day 1”, they have gained a level of confidence in you to discuss details of the job, as if you already were hired.
A bigger sign your interview went well is if they start talking about who you would report to and other people within the company. They are revealing information about their company to you. When interviews go bad, you are shown the door, not more info about the company.
The hiring manager starts selling you to other people in the company
You already did your sales pitch in the interview. And it must have worked because now the hiring manager is selling the idea of hiring you to other people.
It is a great sign for you when someone you have just met in a job interview feels confident enough to say, “I’ve been talking to this candidate and he/she would be great”. When interviews go bad, you usually hear a polite, “Thank you for coming in.” But if they seem to be bragging about the fact they interviewed you, you definitely have someone on your side.
The company starts to sell you on the job
This is a great feeling. One of the most reassuring signs your interview went well is when they start to sell you on the job a bit more.
The interviewer starts talking about the perks of the company and its culture. They may also go into why they work there. A better sign your interview went well is when they discuss the date you would start if hired. If they had no interest in you they never would have gone into such detail.
The interview covers salary and went a bit long
Signs your interview went well would include discussions on how much you will be paid and if the interview went longer than usual.
Job interviews usually have the basic questions about intentions and plans. So, when the interview seems to go longer and the interview becomes more of a business discussion, you have done well. An even better sign is when the interviewer extends the interview past a deadline while making others wait.
Finding the perfect employee is hard work and if they are spending extra time with you it may be a sign you have seriously peaked their interest!
You get physical affirmation through body language
There is a big difference between saying “Thank you” to someone you will never see again and “Thank you” to someone who wants to see you again.
There are great signs your interview went well in the body language of the interviewer. Did they wink, shake hands, or seem to send a message that they enjoyed having you in for an interview?
When your interview is ending, watch for the body language of the interviewer. See if it says, “Please...just leave” or “This was great!” When we want someone to stick around longer, we send messages with our body and voice. Watch and listen for them!