You have just finished your interview, and you think you went alright, but how do you know if you are a real contender? Interviewers will often drop subtle (or not so subtle!) hints that they are seriously considering you for the job. Here are six signs that you aced your job interview.
1. The interviewer is enthusiastic
If you are doing well in your interview, you will see smiles, nods and positive gestures coming from your interviewer. You may also see their enthusiasm rise and a change in the way they talk about you and the role, moving from the “successful candidate” to “you”. An example of this might be, “as the POSITION you will be doing TASKS” as opposed to “the successful applicant will be doing TASKS”.
2. The interviewer uses future phases
When an interviewer likes a candidate, they will often have positive responses, like “great answer”, “that’s exactly right” and “yes”.You may also hear future phrases like, “you met all of the requirements”, “after you start”, “it will be great to have you on the team” and “we’ll see you again soon” which can also give you a good indication that they are seriously considering you for the role.
3. The interviewer starts selling you on the job
Sometimes when the interview is going well, a shift in power can happen. Instead of you selling yourself to the interviewer, the interviewer starts selling you the job. You may hear them talk about the positives and bonuses within a role, the company culture and even their own personal examples of why they love working for the company as if to convince you that it’s the place you need to be.
4. The interviewer asks how soon you can start
It’s always a good sign when an interviewer asks, “How soon can you start?” and even better if they ask “Is there any chance you could start earlier?”
5. The interview runs overtime
It is easy to lose track of the time in a good interview as the conversation is effortless and engaging, and it flows well. If an interviewer knows you are not the right fit for a company, they are not going to waste their time or yours and will end the interview quickly. In saying this, sometimes if a company knows you are the right fit, your interview can be quick too. In this case, you are likely to see other signs like those listed above and below.
6. The interviewer shows you around
When an interviewer is feeling positive towards you, they will often be more open and welcoming. This may include additional information about the role and what to expect, taking you for a tour around the office and introducing you to key people you would be working with.
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