Think you rocked your job interview? Though you can’t be sure you’ve gotten the job unless you’ve been specifically told, there are certain signs to indicate your prospective employer is interested in hiring you. Here are seven ways to tell if your job interview went well.
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Body language was positive
Did the interviewer smile warmly when you were answering? Were they looking directly into your eyes when you were speaking? Did they lean toward you and nod frequently? Eye contact, smiling, nodding, and leaning in are all non-verbal cues that the interviewer was completely focused on you and interested in what you had to say.
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There was talk of the future in the interview
If the interviewer said things such as 'once you start,' or 'when you join the team,' it may be a sign they can see you working at the company. Similarly, if the prospective employer discussed specific projects and referenced you – as opposed to ‘the successful candidate’ – working on them, this may have been their way of giving verbal cues about your future with the company.
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Your interview went over the allotted time
Let's face it – interviewers don’t have a lot of time to waste, so if you're not being seriously considered for the job, your interview isn't going to last long. If, however, your interview happened to go over the prescribed length of time, this bodes well for you – it means the prospective employer wanted to know more about you and how you would manage in the position you're up for.
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You were asked for your availability
Asking a job candidate when they can start is often a standard interview question, but in your case, how was it phrased? If the question was delivered quickly, the interviewer may have just been going through the motions. If there were follow-up questions or comments to your reply, the interviewer was likely showing true interest.
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You felt a sincere connection with the interviewer
This is where a bit of your intuition comes in. Did you feel you developed a good rapport with the interviewer? Did they smile and laugh and share anecdotes? Making a good connection with a potential employer at the interview stage gives them a confident feeling that the two of you will work well together.
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You were shown around the office and introduced to employees
After the interview was done, if the employer asked you to meet the team, consider this a good sign – they probably wanted to see how you interact with the team.
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The final handshake was firm
When you said your ‘goodbyes’, did the interviewer give a farewell handshake that was limp, or was there a firm grip to it? This isn’t the sole indicator, but a handshake of the latter kind could have been a gesture that they would be in touch with good news soon.