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6 Signs Your Job Interview Went Well

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

You feel confident that he interview you attended went well.

A job search is filled with uncertainties, and there is no sure way to get inside the interviewer’s head. While there are no foolproof signs or guarantees, there are a few below indications that you performed well at your interview.

1. Your Interview Ran Longer Than Scheduled Your interview was scheduled for half an hour, but lasted closer to 45 minutes or an hour before it ended. Chances are, your interviewer is interested in you and was highly engaged in the information you were providing. They wanted to know and learn more. Normally they would not want the waste their time (or yours), by extending the interview duration.

2. Your Interviewer’s Body Language Was Positive Body language (Nonverbal communication) carries a lot of weight. A few body language hints to look at

  • “Does the interviewer seem engaged with what you are saying?

  • Are they leaning forward when you say something particularly incisive?

  • Are they constantly attentive maintaining strict eye contact and do the eyes have a "spark" of interest in them?

While these types of cues can be more difficult to pick up on in a video interview, there are a few things you can look out for.

3. You Were Asked Deeper Questions Are they probing deeper into the subject with more questions or do they seem like they are just going through their checklist of required questions?” Pressing you for additional detail is a good sign. It could be a sign that you are not giving enough information in your initial answer. That's a cue for you to share more descriptive and accurate details.

Hint: Use industry/job description based specific words and follow a smooth forward flow pattern covering very stage detail.

4. They Want You to Meet Other Team Members When you are asked to meet with other team members who were not originally scheduled or you are asked to meet with their boss, or even be shown around the office, that’s a very strong indicator that they are interested. However, if the hiring manager mentions wanting to introduce you to their a department leader, or another decision maker (at another time), you can still mark a check in the “positive signs” column.

5. Your Interviewer Gave You a Timeline for Next Steps Getting to this interview is a big deal, but it is also just one step in the hiring process. If your interviewer went into detail about the hiring timeline and what you could expect to happen next, that means they are interested and want you to be in the loop on what is coming up.

6. Your Follow-Up Email Got a Quick Response You know the importance of sending a thank you email after your interview. That message received a quick response indicating they want to thank you for your time and to tell you that they’ll be in touch soon. A quick reply is confirmation that you’re top of mind and they want to keep you engaged in the hiring process.

You Aced Your Interview—Now What? You are feeling confident that you can expect to move forward in the process. Here are a few things you should do to make the most of that momentum:

  • Do not be overconfident or build your hopes up just yet.

  • Send a thank you note or email if you haven’t already. According to a recent survey, 80% of hiring managers find these messages at least somewhat helpful when reviewing candidates.

  • Jot down some notes about the important information you received as well as some of the main points you mentioned and stories you told in the interview. If you move forward in the process, it’s good to have these details to refer back to. Cross checking details between the first and second or third interview, helps the interview determine "inaccuracies".

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