So you think your interview went well, and you’re asking yourself: will I get the job?
The fact is, there’s no surefire way of knowing until you receive an offer or rejection. But here are 20 telltale signs you got the job and that you will receive a job offer soon!
1. They discuss the next steps
It’s common for interviewees to be told when they’ll hear back. But it’s a good sign if the person interviewing you has discussed the next steps in detail, such as a second interview.
2. They ask when you can start
If the interviewer is curious about your notice period, it’s a sign that they’re sizing you up for the role and want to know how quickly you can start. Don’t hand your notice in until you’ve accepted an offer and everything is in place.
3. Their body language is positive
Positive body language is another good sign. An upright and open posture, smiling, maintaining eye contact, and nodding indicate positive feelings.
4. They contact your references
If it goes well, the interviewer might contact your references to learn more about your work ethic and performance. Ensure you can provide two referees and let them know you might contact them in advance so they can prepare.
5. You meet the team
While an introduction to potential team members isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get the job, it can be a really positive sign. How you interact with others in the company could help the interviewer decide whether or not you’ll be a good fit for the team.
6. You discuss perks and benefits
The interviewer will discuss benefits with most candidates – it’s part of the hiring process, but discussing perks can suggest that they’re trying to entice you!
7. You receive a positive follow-up response
Interviewers don’t always have the chance to respond to individual follow-up emails, so receiving a fast, personalised response to your message can indicate genuine interest.
8. You’re invited to connect on LinkedIn
The interviewer probably wouldn’t invite you to connect on LinkedIn if they didn’t want any further contact with you. It shows they’re open to staying in touch, even if you don’t get the job this time.
9. You get asked back during the interview
Being invited to the second round of interviews during your first is a great sign. Be sure to find out what is expected of you to prepare. Will you be participating in a group interview, have to complete a test, or meet senior management?
10. Negotiations begin
Talking about your salary expectation in the first interview might be perceived as bad manners unless the interviewer brings it up first. If they do, it’s a sign you will get the job! (Or might.)
11. You get an office tour
Being taken on an office tour is an example of the interviewer going the extra mile to make you feel welcome. Many interviews are conducted these days remotely, but if the interviewer is in the office, they might still take you on a virtual tour using their phone.
12. The mood shifts
A change in tone, mood or atmosphere can be good news or bad news. If the mood suddenly lightens, it can show that your responses surpass the interviewer’s expectations, and you have a good chance of landing the job.
13. Phrasing changes
The language the interviewer uses can also provide clues. For example, they might accidentally start using “when” instead of “if” and “will” in place of “would”.
14. The conversation turns casual
A casual conversation can signify that the interviewer has warmed to you and wants to get to know you more and that you’ve met their expectations from a job role perspective. If this happens, it’s essential to maintain an air of professionalism.
15. They compliment your responses
You don’t have to rely solely on non-verbal cues. The interviewer might tell you when they’re impressed and question you for further information if you haven’t quite demonstrated what they’re looking for.
16. They have follow-up questions
Asking the interviewer questions about the company and role can demonstrate a genuine interest and that you’re a good listener. The same goes when it comes to the interviewer asking you follow-up questions – it shows they want to spend more time interviewing you.
17. The hiring manager gives you their details
Getting the hiring manager’s direct contact details can signify that they’re interested in hiring you, especially if someone else has managed the recruitment process up until now. Don’t worry if you don’t, though: many employers will communicate information through their recruiter until a job offer is made.
18. They provide detailed responses to your questions
If the interview progresses badly, the interviewer might provide short, undetailed answers to your questions. On the other hand, if it’s going well, they’re more likely to respond more expansively and enthusiastically.
19. You tried your best
Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try, another candidate might just pip you to the post. Your best effort is sometimes enough, so try to stay positive!
20. You’ve got a gut feeling
If you’ve got that gut feeling, there’s a high chance you’ve aced it!
Signs you won’t get the job after an interview
“Did I get the job?”
There are a few tell-tale signs that an employer won’t hire you during an interview. Here's a list of potential signs that you didn't get the job:
- You didn’t hear back by the deadline.
- You couldn’t answer some interview questions.
- The interview was cut significantly short.
- The interviewer seemed disinterested.
- You didn’t have the skills and experience for the role.
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