Ten Signs You Did Well On Your Interview
If you just had an interview and are awaiting the results, this may be the article for you. Interviews feel similar to first dates, in that you many not be sure of how it went and if they will call back. But, you may have done better than you think.
A good interview time is about 45 minutes. If your interview goes over an hour, that could be a good sign. Time flies by when you're having fun right? Your potential employers seemed to have enjoyed your company enough to not feel like they had to count the minutes until it was over. On the contrary, if your interview was less than 30 minutes, this could be a red flag. They most likely are not interested, but wanted to at least give you a little of their time.
The Interviewer Starts Asking Questions About You Outside Of Your Work Experience
It is obviously important for an employer to know your work background to ensure that you can do the job. But all employers want to also be able to like you beyond that. It makes it easier to work with you. If they are asking about your hobbies and life outside of work, this is a good sign.
They Engage You In Subjects Outside Of The Job
Outside of talking about your qualifications and job description, does the interviewer engage you in conversation about other subjects? Maybe they ask about your views on the current news, or about a brand of cereal you mentioned you liked. Being able to connect with your interviewer in a conversational tone is always a good sign.
You Feel Good About It
Even when we're nervous and anxious, our intuition is still there. Does your gut tell you that you did a great job and that they liked you? Then this is probably the case. Trust your gut, and try not to constantly play the interview in your mind as you wait for that phone call.
They Verbally Tell You That They're Impressed
If after you describe your background and answer their questions, they tell you that they're impressed, this is a good sign. Verbal cues take the guess work out of knowing if your potential employers are even interested in you. You can definately relax as you wait for that phone call.
They Nod With Your Answers To Questions
Non-verbal cues can be hard to decipher. However, a strong one is a head nod. If they nod as you answer those questions, then you may be knocking those questions out of the park. Remember those answers and try to use them in any future interviews. Other cues may include the interviewer's body language seeming relaxed.
They Say They Will Contact Your References
If your potential employer is really interested in getting your references, then that could mean that they would like to hire you, yet need to confirm what you represented. Be sure to choose references that know you well enough to speak highly of you. Also, alert your references that they may be contacted.
The Current Employees Like You
At your interview, your potential employer may introduce you to some current employees. This may be used to see how well you fit in with them. If you genuinely seem to fit, this will be looked at favorably. Also, what a great bonus, because if you get the job, you already know that you'll get along with your coworkers!
They Go Into Extra Detail On The Postion
If your interviewers were not interested in you at all, they would not go into such detail about the position. There comes to a point where the interviewer seems more like they are trying to pitch the job to you. That means that they see you as a good candidate and assume other employers may want to hire you as well. All employers want the best candidates, so they will want you to be interested in them back.
You Get A Date On When You'll Be Contacted
After the interview is over, if they are interested, they will want to follow-up immediately. They will either schedule a date to give you a call back with their decision, or a date for a second interview. Either one is good news for you.
After the interview, give yourself some time to reflect on your performance. Make mental notes on what you could have done better. Then, stop thinking about it. Over-thinking your performance may cause undue stress. Make sure to follow-up with your potential employer within a week if you have not heard back. Also, keep going on interviews until you've gotten an official offer from an employer!