I am pretty sure you have been there… You just left the building, walked round the block and finally relaxed. The interview was over. You felt a pleasant feeling of relief, but soon after, you started to ask yourself some serious questions …
How well did I do during the interview…?
Did I make a good impression…?
Are they going to make an offer…?
It is incredibly difficult to answer these questions; especially just after the interview since you are still suffering from some post-traumatic stress disorder..!
Joking aside, if the interview didn’t end with the question, ‘When can you start?’ there are other clues that indicate it went well (or not). Here are some signs to look out for, that don’t necessarily guarantee a job offer is on the cards, but are promising:
1) Did your interviewer appears to be enjoying the conversation..? Did you feel that you have a connection with this person..?
If the interviewer seems genuinely interested in what you have to say it is a good indication you’re on the right track. To figure this out, pay careful attention to the interviewer’s body language.
Getting along with the interviewer and showing that you are the perfect fit for the job remain two separate things.
2) Did the interviewer give you a clear big picture and then makes it real specific to your experience..?
If an interviewer tells you about a challenge the company has, and how they believe your experience will help you solve it, that is a really good point for you. If the interviewer is connecting the dots for you, explaining why they picture you in this job then it is looking more hopeful; you’ll still need to finish the job by closing the loop and reinforcing his perception.
To strengthen that, when you send your follow-up correspondence, you will mention again how your experience will enable you to succeed with the company.
3) Did the conversation turn to personal bonding..?
While it is an interview that is meant to be about your experience, attempting to know you on a more personal level is a sign that the interviewer is seriously considering you.
It can be difficult to spot if the interviewer is super talkative. Actually, you should pay attention at the end of the interview, if the recruiter sticks around and escorts you toward the main lobby or exit, that can be a good sign.
Unconsciously, they feel comfortable with you because you are a good candidate and they are looking to spend a bit more time with you since they know you will see each other in a near future.
If they didn’t evaluate you as a potential fit for the position, they wouldn’t waste valuable time chatting (except if it is a really nice person).
4) Did the interviewer use your name several times during the conversation..?
Using your name several times is a strong indicator that the interviewer is already envisioning working with you joining their organisation. A subtle detail to look out for.
5) Did the interviewer start to introduce you to people who weren’t on the schedule..?
Most hiring managers don’t ask for references until they plan on contacting them…which they usually only do if they’re seriously considering a candidate.
6) Did the interviewer ask for your reference directly during the interview..?
Ces questions vous permettront de vous différencier des autres candidats et de bénéficier des informations nécessaires qui vous permettront de décider si cette mission correspond à vos attentes.
7) Did the interview last longer than scheduled..?
If the interview runs over the scheduled time slot, the employer clearly wants to continue getting to know you a little better. You’ve likely already passed the initial criteria they were seeking, and the fact that they continue investing more time and energy toward you can be promising.
8) At the close of the interview, did the interviewer give you a clear time frame for the next step..?
If they tell you when you can expect to hear back by giving you a firm date, it means that they are interested and that you are one of the candidates they will considerate. Actually, they won’t let you leave without knowing what your timeline looks like.
9) Did the interviewer show you around the office before you leave..?
If the hiring manager takes the extra time to give you a tour of the office or introduces you to employees before you head out, that could mean they’re thinking about offering you the role.
10) Did the interviewer ‘sell’ you on the company and/or its benefits..?
If you notice that the interviewer makes an effort to talk up the company, that’s a great sign they’re impressed with you and trying to sway you towards the position.
What about asking yourself this list of question at the end of your future job interview..?
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