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We’ve all been there. You’ve finished your job interview and you’re not sure how you’ve performed. You’re anxious. You want to find out if you’ve got the job. Fortunately there are plenty of signs you can look for to help you know whether you’ve got the job after interview.
One study found that roughly one third of managers know if they are going to hire a candidate after the first 90 seconds of the interview. Therefore, they begin to show positive signs that you might get the job. As a candidate, it’s easy then to begin to obsess over every little detail of the interview trying to figure out how well you’ve done.
This obsessive analysis can be stressful. So we’ve tried to simplify things. Here are our top 15 signs you got the job after interview:
Signs you’ve got the job during the interview
Who is interviewing you?
It is important to assess the person or people that are conducting the interview. In this case, the more senior the interviewer the better. If the company is impressed by your CV and past experience they are more likely to have more senior company members conduct the interview.
Small talk, in this regard, is an incredibly important yet often overlooked part of the job interview. Good small talk will make assessing your interviewer a lot easier. If they engage with you, they’ll likely be more open to discussing your relevant experience. If they don’t respond well, it may be a wiser approach to just stick to answering their questions.
Pay attention to compliments
If your interviewer is showering you with praise, rejoice! That means they like you. More often than not if the company wants you onboard they will try to butter you up in the interview. Praise is always a promising sign you’ve got the job.
Told the whole truth and nothing but the truth
Let’s face it. We have all told little white lies on our CV or during an interview. Or perhaps we have just “massaged the truth.” However, recruiters are very good at spotting when someone is lying. If you have only told the truth in your interview this is a good sign they are more likely to hire you.
Do you have the necessary skills and experience?
If you have thoroughly studied the job description and you are confident you have the necessary skills and experience needed, congrats! If you meet the standard job requirements and at least a few of the “desirable” criteria, this significantly ups your chances of getting the job.
It’s important to listen to what language the interviewer is using. If they are using mostly positive language,that’s obviously a good thing. Phrases like “I was impressed” or “I was interested to learn” are good indicators that the panel likes you.
Interviewer body language
As well as listening for verbal clues, pay attention to the body language of the interviewer. Good signs that you have been successful include smiles, warm handshakes, and an attentive posture.
What comes next?
It seems obvious but if the interviewers begin to describe the next stages of the hiring process, this is a great sign that you have been successful. Next stages of the hiring process can include aptitude tests or testing cultural fit.
Are they trying to sell you the job?
Sometimes it can seem annoying in an interview if they spend a lot of time explaining job perks and company culture. It may seem like this is wasted time that you could be talking about your strengths. However, don’t despair! This is actually a good sign that they like you. Instead of you needing to sell yourself, they are selling you the job.
Deviating from the set questions
It’s common practice for interviewers to have set questions they ask all candidates. However, sometimes interviewers can be more interested in something off topic that comes up during the interview. If the interviewer goes off script to ask you other questions not written on their page, this means they are very interested in you.
Why not just ask them?
For the braver candidates out there, it isn’t bad practice to ask the interviewer directly how they think you are doing. Asking something like “Do you feel I meet the job requirements?” is a reasonable and polite way to assess how the interview has gone. Following up with something like “What specific areas would you like to hear more about?” is a good way to convince them further that you are right for the job.
Signs you’ve got the job after the interview
Sometimes the final remarks of the interview are the best indicator of how well things have gone. Phrases like “We’ll get back to you shortly” is a sign that they want to offer you the job. It is not unheard of for the interviewer to extend a job offer immediately after the interview.
Meeting the team
If the interview has gone well, the interviewer may be keen to introduce you to your future team. If you are introduced to more people after the interview this is a good sign. The company is keen for you to begin integrating with your team ASAP.
You’re given a tour of the building
Similar to the last point, if the hiring manager offers you are tour this is a good sign that you have been successful. Giving you a tour means that they are trying to sell you the job. If you are offered a tour you should always accept.
Follow up emails
Pay attention to the language and tone used in follow up emails. If they use positive language and generally seem welcoming this is a good sign that you have got the job.
They contact your references
If the interview hasn’t gone well it is rare the company will bother to contact your references. However, if they do contact your references this is a sign that they liked you and want to know more. Make sure your references know they are listed on your CV and warn them that they might be contacted in the near future.
Bad signs during the interview
As well as the positive signs that you have got the job, there are also negative signs. If the interviewer wraps things up abruptly or doesn’t ask you all the set questions this might be a sign that they have decided you’re not right for the job. Again, pay attention to body language. If the interviewer doesn’t shake your hand or doesn’t escort you out of the room, this might also be a sign that the interviewers weren’t very impressed with you.
Remain vigilant for the signs listed in this article both during and after the interview. Also, don’t worry if you don’t see all the positive signs. It’s very rare you’d notice every single one we’ve listed here. This is just meant to provide an overview of key areas to pay attention to. If you only notice 3 or 4 of the positive signs listed this is still very good. Don’t worry, you got this.