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Ten signs your interview went well

Ten signs your interview went well

May 12, 2022

The moments after an interview can be incredibly daunting. You analyse every question and answer, wondering where you went right or wrong. But overthinking it will only lead to a headache. Likewise, waiting to hear about the next steps can be stressful, but there are a few signs you can look for that will indicate if the interview was successful or not.

Instead of agonising over the outcome, look for these ten telltale signs that your job interview went well.

You left feeling confident

You might not have landed the job on the spot, but it was likely successful if you left feeling confident and good about the interview. If you felt like you aced the questions and made a strong impression, there’s a good chance the interviewer feels the same way.

When you leave a job interview feeling confident, this often means that the interviewer was responsive to your answers, and you felt like you managed to share everything you wanted to share. While it is possible to misread an interview situation, confidence is often a sign that you performed well.

They asked about your availability

If the interviewer asks about your availability for a second interview or to start the job, this is usually a good sign. They wouldn’t be considering you for the next steps if they didn’t think you were qualified and a good fit for the role.

When an interviewer asks about your availability, it means they are interested in taking it to the next stages.

It took longer than expected

If the interviewer went over the allotted time for the interview, it probably means they were interested in what you had to say. They may have even forgotten about the time because they were so engaged in conversation with you.

An interviewer who goes over time is usually a good sign, as it means they were keen to learn more about you and your experience. On the other hand, a hiring manager has to be very careful with their time when hiring for a new role, so if they have gone over their allotted time, it’s usually because they have found a good fit.

It felt like a conversation

If the interview felt like a conversation between two people rather than a series of questions and answers, this is a good sign. It means the interviewer was engaged in what you were saying and found it easy to talk to you.

An interview that feels like a conversation is usually a good sign as it indicates that the interviewer is interested in what you have to say. A free-flowing conversation also means they find you easy to get along with. If the hiring manager is also someone you would be working alongside, it’s a good sign if you have an instant rapport.

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They asked follow-up questions

If the interviewer asked you follow-up questions, it means they were interested in your answers and wanted to know more. This is usually a good sign, indicating that they were engaged in what you were saying. It is a positive sign that they were engaged in conversation and not just ticking boxes.

You were introduced to the team

If you were introduced to the team or given a tour of the office, this is usually a good sign. It means that the interviewer is considering you for the role and wants you to get a feel for the company culture. You might also meet higher management.

Being introduced to the team shows that the interviewer is interested in taking things to the next stage. They might also be looking for second opinions from those on the team, as they will be your day-to-day colleagues.

The interviewer was clear about the next steps

If the interviewer was clear about the next steps, such as when you can expect to hear back or what the next stage of the process is, this is usually a good sign. They wouldn’t give you this information if they weren’t interested in taking things further.

They may want to know if you are speaking with other companies, as this can indicate that they need to move quickly if they want to secure you. They could also ask about your notice period.

They made an effort to sell the role to you

If the interviewer made an effort to sell the role to you, this is usually a good sign. They wouldn’t bother trying to sell the company or the team if they didn’t think you were a good fit for the role.

An interviewer who is selling the role is interested in you as a candidate. They can see you would be a good fit, and they want you to start imagining yourself in the role. Remember that an interview is always a two-way conversation. They should be selling you on the perks of the role as much as you are selling yourself on your suitability.

They clearly explained the role and responsibilities

If the interviewer took the time to properly explain the role and its responsibilities, this is usually a good sign. They want to make sure you understand what will be expected of you if you are offered the job.

This is an important part of the interview process, as it allows you to get a better understanding of the role and whether you would be interested in taking it. They know you are an asset, and they recognise that you could be speaking to other companies about similar roles. They just want to make sure you see this as the better role.

They gave positive feedback to your recruiter

If the interviewer gives positive feedback to your recruiter, this is usually a good sign. They wouldn’t bother doing this if they weren’t interested in you as a candidate. If the feedback is more like constructive criticism, you might want to prepare yourself for potential disappointment, but if they are full of praise, then you might want to prepare for some good news.

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