After leaving an interview, people tend to feel one of two ways. They’re either really nervous, thinking about what they could have said differently and how they should have articulated a specific answer better while fully believing they didn’t do enough to impress and land the role. Or, they’re 100% certain they secured the job with their answers, positivity, demeanor and several other signs shown by the interviewer or hiring manager.
Sometimes, it can be different to separate the two. Especially since studies show that one-third of hiring managers know if they’ll hire a candidate after 90 seconds of an interview. Knowing that, it’s easy for you to obsess over the most minor details of your interview, wondering how you performed.
Obsessively analyzing the interview step-by-step can be stressful and frustrating. To avoid the constant feeling of mulling over your interviews and waiting for weeks without knowing what the decision will be, here are eight clues that should tell you whether or not you got the job.
1. Your references are contacted
Despite having your references ready on your resume, interviewers and hiring managers don’t always reach out to them. However, experience should tell you that if your reference hasn’t spoken to your potential employer, then it’s likely they aren’t interested in taking your application any further.
However, if they get in touch with your references, this is an early sign that they enjoyed speaking to you and want to know about what you’re like to work with. Although for this sign to be obvious, your references first need to know they’re listed as a reference and that they might be contacted in the future. Plus, it’ll be extra obvious if your reference tells you they spoke to someone who interviewed you.
They wouldn’t go to these lengths if they weren’t interested. So, if this happens, you can be quietly confident you’ve got the job.
2. When the conversation lasts longer than usual
Interview ranges can vary. Some can be over relatively soon while others last a while — others in multiple stages. However, the mind tends to think that when the interview is relatively short, it didn’t go so well and the company is going to move on to another candidate. So, another big clue that you got the job is when the interviewer keeps you around for a while and engages in general conversation with you.
Remember, they’re busy and have their regular work duties to complete. If anything, they’d be eager to end the interview and either continue with other interviews or get back to their job. If they’re having a conversation with you long after the typical interview questions have ended, it’s a good sign that they’re interested.
This can turn into personal bonding, which is excellent. When the interviewer or hiring manager no longer asks about experience and skills and it turns into a general, personal discussion, then you can rest easy knowing they like you and you’re likely to get an offer soon.
3. They introduce you to the team
Another significant clue that you got the job is if a hiring manager or interviewer begins introducing you to the team. The usual process involves ending the interview and they show you to the exit to be courteous. But if they make you stick around and have you meet the team to talk to while you’re there, then this is a great sign and they believe you’re a great fit for the position.
It shows the interviewer is keen for you to start the integration process with your future team right away. This also applies if they start showing you around the office as they want you to get familiar with your surroundings. Interviewers wouldn’t have every single candidate meet their team, as it becomes tedious and also pointless. If you’re speaking to and meeting the team, get prepared to join that very team soon.
4. The conversation turns to perks
How often have you sat in an interview and the conversation turns to perks? Suppose your following interview features the interviewer turning the attention to the perks and benefits of the position. In that case, you can breathe a sigh of relief that the interview is going well and they’re already planning on thinking of bringing you into the fold by making you an offer.
If they’re discussing benefits, perks and compensation, then it shows they’ve switched from interviewing you to trying to persuade you to join the company. Why? Because now, it’s obvious your experience and skills match what the company needs, so now it’s time to discuss money and how much you’ll be compensated to hire you.
It also extends the interview duration. All of this valuable time is a clear sign the business is interested in appointing you in the role you applied for.
5. They bring up the follow-up process
Usually, it’s the candidate that asks about the next steps once the interview has concluded. But if the interviewer or hiring manager brings up the follow-up process regarding recruitment, then treat this as a positive sign that you excelled in the interview. If they don’t discuss the follow-up process, then it’s a signal you aren’t in their running for the position.
This could be anything from a skills test to another interview with someone more senior — or even a job offer regarding when you can start. If the interviewer is genuinely interested in hiring you, they’ll never let you leave without giving you an insight into their timeline.
6. It turns from ‘if’ to ‘when’
When you’re in your next interview, pay close attention to any verbal indicators from the interviewer or hiring manager. At any moment, as the study mentioned in the introduction of this article suggested, the interviewer can make their mind up about whether they want you in the company or not. When they feel like you’re the right person for the job, their word choices can switch.
A big clue that you got the job is when they start using terms like ‘when’ instead of ‘if’. If they’re saying phrases like ‘when’, then be confident that the interviewer has already made their mind up and is sure you’ll be part of the team soon.
7. You’re invited to connect on LinkedIn
This obvious clue replaces what would typically be an interviewer handing over their card with their contact details on it. Rejecting a candidate can be quite an awkward experience for both the hiring manager and the interviewee, which means there isn’t usually a follow-up other than a rejection email and perhaps feedback.
However, if an interviewer now invites you to connect with them on LinkedIn, there’s a good chance they’re going to offer you the role. It’s simple: If you didn’t impress and they weren’t interested, they wouldn’t want to connect with you. If they do reach out, they want to stay in touch and will soon make you a job offer.
8. Your follow-up gets a quick, positive response
It’s common courtesy to send a thank you email to the person who interviewed you. It’s a nice touch that you appreciate the time they took out of their busy day to speak with you. Despite it being courteous, interviewers speak to a lot of people and all of them are likely to have the same thought process as you — send a follow-up email.
But realistically, interviewers are busy, so they can’t always reply to every follow-up email, especially from those that were an outright no in terms of offering them the job. However, if you send a follow-up email and the interviewer responds to you quickly and positively, then it shows they’re interested. In other words, expect a contract for you to sign.
It shows you impressed them to the extent that they stopped what they were doing to respond to you.
These are eight of the biggest clues that you got the job. But there’s still so much more you can look out for to ease your nerves and get you more confident that you’ll have a job offer soon. Some of these clues include:
- Positive body language
- The interview runs over
- They keep reiterating that they like what they hear
- You start discussing salary
- They ask about your availability
- When they ask for your thoughts on the company
Regardless of how you felt the interview went, try not to overthink it. If you have interviews lined up, attend them rather than just holding out for one job. If you don’t hear back, send a follow-up email to better understand what the interviewer is thinking.
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