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Think your interview went well? Here are 7 signs it did

04/09/2019
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BOOM. You smashed it. Or did you? Sometimes it’s pretty obvious if you’ve done well in an interview (i.e. they offer you the job there and then). But other times it’s a bit more difficult to discern if you’ve performed well or not. There can be an array of subtle hints and body signals, which if interpreted correctly, will let you know if your interview went well. Here are 7 signs to look out for next time you have a job interview…
It doesn't feel like an interview

It doesn’t feel like an interview


Get the feeling like you’re having an informal conversation rather than an interview? You might have just slipped into the interview ‘friend zone’ (in a good way). If you find that the interviewer is starting to ask you about your interests, hobbies etc then it’s a good sign that they think you’re already a good fit from a skills and experience point of view, and they’re attempting to suss out how much of a cultural fit you’ll make in their team.
The interviewer gets specific about job responsibilities

The interviewer gets specific about job responsibilities


If the interviewer begins to spend time asking you detailed questions about the job responsibilities and begins to ‘place you in the role’ then it’s a sign they are confident you have the skills and experience to do the job and are starting to picture you actually working in that role. Bonus points if the interviewer also starts asking you how you would amend or add to the job responsibilities. Again, this is a positive sign that they see you as competent, confident and able to exceed at the job on the offer.
They begin to sell the job to you

They begin to sell the job to you


Job interviews always involve some degree of power play. That is, the interviewer holds the key to your next career move and you have to sell yourself and convince them that you’d be the perfect candidate. However, this power dynamic can change – particularly if the employer recognises that you’d be perfect for the position. In fact, if you start to feel as though the interviewer is actively selling the job opportunity to you then that’s a sign that you’ve made a pretty good impression. In fact, if they start talking in active terms about “what you will be doing” and discussing work-based scenarios as if you’re already working there, you have good reason to feel positive.
The interview runs over the allotted time

It runs over the allotted time


Still talking after the allotted time? That’s a good thing! 

Most interviewers working for successful companies are likely to have very busy schedules. So, if you find that they’re still talking to you past the allotted time for the interview, they probably have a high opinion of you. They clearly view getting to know you a valuable use of their time, which bodes well for when they decide to make that all-important hiring decision. 
They ask you to attend a second interview (during your first interview)

They ask you to attend a second interview (during your first interview)


If they ask you to attend a second interview before your first one is even over, that’s a sign that you’re on the track to job success. Sure, the prospect of taking part in another interview may fill you with dread, but it’s certainly not something to worry about. After all, they clearly like you enough to want to speak to you again. The key is to not let nerves get to you and keep doing what you’ve been doing so far. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”.
They ask you "Would you take the job if you were offered it?"

They ask you “Would you take the job if you were offered it?”


Tone of voice is an important measure on this one. On the face of it, this is a very positive question to be asked. However, if it’s one of several questions that are asked in quick succession then it may just be a sign that the interviewer is ‘going through the motions’.

However, if the question is asked in isolation and is then followed up by questions about your notice period, availability, commute and other factors – you should take it as a positive indication that the interviewer is giving serious consideration to hiring you.
The interviewer talked about a career pathway

The interviewer talked about a career pathway


If you are a high-quality candidate, it’s likely that the job you are applying for is very much another step on the career ladder. Interviewers may often recognise this, and if they are keen for you to join their company will highlight that their company has a career pathway. Not only are they keen for you to take the job, but make it clear that it’s a job which offers future prospects… So, if mention of career pathways come up during your interview, you can take that as another positive.

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