12 Telltale Signs an Interview Went Well

So you have just wrapped up your job interview—what’s next? Chances are, you’re dissecting how well you did—either how you winged your job interview effortlessly or failed miserably. There are many signs an interview went well that could prevent you from mulling over every little detail of your interview. And in this guide, you’ll know exactly the signs your interview with the hiring manager went well.

Many applicants tend to overthink the results of an interview. Some would be hoping to hear back and get a call for a follow-up interview, and some wish they could’ve done better. But why is it important to know you did well in your interview? That is because you don’t want to develop any false hope that an interview didn’t go well. When you know you did well in the interview process, you can do the proper post-interview practices that increase your chance of getting a job offer and landing the job even more.

The signs that an interview went well

Here are some great signs that you could probably get the job:

1. The interview ran longer than expected.

If you notice that the interview process is taking longer than 30 minutes, chances are you’re doing well. The recruiter must be enjoying his time talking with you, thus explaining the lengthy discussion and follow-up interview questions. This shows the interest in finding out more about what you can do for the company. They are already assessing how fitting you are by asking more questions.

On the other hand, if the interview ended immediately, it could mean that they found out something undesirable about your qualifications. Take this as a bad sign.

2. They constantly provide positive affirmations.

Interviewers and hiring managers who like what they hear aren’t shy of showing how impressed they are. Thus, if you see them responding to your answers positively, you must be doing well. You may know that they enjoy talking with you via looking at their body language, non-verbal cues, and verbal affirmations.

Here are some of the interview practices that show positive body language:

  • Nods to you in agreement
  • Has their full attention to you
  • Maintains eye contact
  • Provides affirmations like, “That’s an excellent answer,” and “You bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the role.”
  • Talks to you in a very enthusiastic manner

3. They try to “sell” you the job.

This means that they are promoting the job to you. It doesn’t necessarily imply that they are offering you the job. But this refers to that transition of the recruiter’s voice from interrogating you to selling the job to you. If this happens, they are attempting to entice you with the perks and benefits you’ll get when you land the job.

Here are some signs they are selling you on the job:

  • Elaborates the daily job duties
  • Shares the benefit package
  • Highlights the work culture
  • Gets into detail about exclusive employee perks

4. You get an office tour.

Getting an impromptu office tour  at the end of the interview is a good indication that you may be moving forward to the next step. The recruiter is showing you around the offices you might be working in soon. They may tour you around your potential workspace, the lounge area, cafeteria, meet some of the team members, and more. 

Take this gesture as a positive sign that the interview is going well. The hiring managers won’t make that extra effort if they don’t see themselves hiring you. Chances are, they want to give you a glimpse of how your work environment’s going to be.

5. The interview feels like a conversation.

Interviews are nerve-racking—that’s given. But if you seamlessly made the interview sound conversational, you just proved your ability to create rapport. Rapport building is essential to an interview. Connecting with the interviewer or hiring manager the right way can transition a tense interview to a relaxed one. You can learn more about how to build a rapport on this online course.

A conversational interview implies that you find comfort in speaking to each other. And the more the recruiter likes talking to you, the more likely you are to land the job. After all, they would always hire someone they enjoy talking to as this proves the compatibility in the environment.

6. They ask about any other companies you are applying for.

Recruiters ask this because they want to know any existing competition in hiring you. If you answer with a “yes,” they might try to explain why their company is better than others. If they ask who those companies are, it’s an indication that they are gauging the competition. 

7. You meet other people in the company.

Meeting people other than the recruiters, like the team members of the company, means that you are seriously being considered for the job. In most cases, you’ll meet with potential managers who might interview you in the next round. But the fact that you were introduced to other team members means a lot during the hiring stage. 

They may be testing out how you will interact with your potential coworkers. They are trying to find out how you’d fit the workplace culture.

8. They speak to you as if you’re already hired.

One easy way to tell that they want to hire you is when the recruiters start to talk to you as if you are already a part of the team. You can gauge this by their tone and when they stop saying “if” statements and start saying “when” scenarios. For example, instead of saying “if you get hired,” they begin being assertive by saying, “when you start…”

This change in tone makes it easy to tell that you are doing well in the interview.

9. You get some complex and unexpected questions.

The more questions thrown at you, the more likely you are moving forward to the next step. They ask more questions because they are interested in your capabilities, experience, and how you’ll thrive in the company. You might even receive technical and too specific questions that may be unexpected. But this just shows that they are getting into the details about your job credentials.

They might ask you a tricky question that tests how you’ll respond. Recruiters like throwing such questions to test how candidates come up with an answer. This is regardless of whether the answer is right or wrong.

10. They get into detail about the hiring timeline.

Interested recruiters will let you know when you’re going to hear from them. If they delve into the details of the next steps after the interview, you are more likely going to hear from them soon. When they provide clarity about the next steps, it indicates a good interview.

Recruiters value potential hires by giving them an estimated timeframe for application notification. 

11. They talk about specific job responsibilities.

If you notice that the recruiter is getting more specific with the day-to-day tasks, take this as a good sign. Recruiters who are impressed get into the specifics. They are trying to find out more about what you can offer to the company.

If you hear about the day-to-day activities, who you’ll work with, and what your day will be like, that’s one of the signs that you are seriously being considered by the hiring manager.

12. They reply to your thank you email almost immediately.

It is a common post-interview courtesy to send a thank you email. And if you get a response from them, you’re most likely a potential hire. Uninterested employers don’t usually respond to this kind of email. So if you receive a personalized message, take this as an indication you nailed the interview.

Those are the twelve telltale signs an interview went well. Need more guidance in nailing your next job interview? Here’s an online course to guarantee interview success: Cracking that Difficult Interview.

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