Six tips to understand your job
interview went well………….
1. They give you a firm answer about when you’ll
This is not a foolproof indicator, but it’s a good one none
the less. You don’t want to hear, “We’ll let you know.” You
don’t want to have to ask, “When, exactly?” If they say, “I’ll
have an answer for you on Monday morning,” that usually
means they’ve made a decision. The decision might not be
for you, but at least they’ve made a decision. If someone
hasn’t made up their mind yet, they don’t really know how
long it will take to do so, and thus are evasive about
estimating how long it might take to make up their mind. If
the interviewer gives you a vague answer that might mean
that there are plenty more interviews scheduled and your
interview performance was not enough to make them
cancel the others.
2. You covered topics beyond the job
A good interview is one where you handily answer all
their questions, clearly demonstrate that you can
meet all the job requirements, AND THEN start to
discuss all the other things you can bring to the job.
You win the job by using the interview to convince
them that hiring you will bring them all sorts of
additional dividends they didn’t even expect
YOUR VISSION OUR PASSION
3. The interview went longer than
This one is logical enough. If you’re in
and out in a hurry, you might not
have struck their fancy. But if you
hang out for a while shooting the
breeze, that’s a good sign.
4. You discussed personal stuff.
This is maybe the best indicator. A job
interview is largely about personality… even
more so than skills or qualifications. If you
start chatting away with the interviewer
about this thing or that thing… if you’re
sharing jokes and laughs, you’re probably
home free. If you feel like the interviewer
got to like you on a personal or professional
level, that’s the best indication you can get.
5. The interviewer describes their
frustration with the previous
If the interviewer begins to talk about how
poorly the last guy did in your
position, then that’s a good indication that
they’ve decided you can do a better job. If
you find the interviewer comparing you
favorably to previous or existing
employees, then you’ve likely done a good
job of selling yourself as qualified.
6. You begin plotting with the interviewer.
The best interviews are the ones where you were
already making plans for the things you would be
doing once you started. You had not only sold
yourself, you had sold a game plan for the
improvements you would be bringing to the position…
and the interviewer had bought what you were selling.
“I can’t wait for you to get started overhauling that
inventory system. Do you think you might have any
ideas for our shipping system as well?” That’s what
you want to hear.