|Did the interview go well?|
Ask yourself ... did the interviewer ...
- Talk about next steps and share with you how the process will continue? Good sign
- Ask when you will be available? Good sign
- Try hard to sell you on the job and company? Good sign
- Smile, laugh and seem to enjoy speaking with you? Good sign
- Mention at the end that they are still talking with several other candidates? Bad sign
- Bring up that they have a qualified / interested internal candidate? Bad sign
- Jot down notes when you mentioned you didn't have a certain skill or experience? Bad sign
- Interrupt or look bored / distracted? Bad sign (If you notice this vibe, shorten your answers.)
- Take a lot of time to thoroughly answer your questions? Good sign
- Run over the allotted time? Good sign ... unless you blathered on and on.
- Show you around the office and introduce you to others? Good sign
- Suggest a future meeting with someone else on staff? Good sign
- Give you negative feedback? If the recruiter says, “I’m concerned that you don’t have enough experience in ___” Bad sign
- Seem anxious to get away (did they stop making eye contact or are they continuously checking their watch)? Bad sign
- Frown or end the meeting very quickly after you discussed your salary history or expectations? Bad sign
- Say things like, "When you work here, you will love working with Cindy..." as if you have already been hired? Good sign
- Conduct reference checks after the meeting? Good sign
- Keep you abreast of how the process is going after the interview? Good sign
So what do you think? Did your interview go well?
If not, take steps to improve your interview performance for the next time. What other ways can you tell if an interview went well? Share your tips or questions by clicking the headline of this post and adding your comment to the Comment Box or on the LinkedIn discussion board that might have brought you here.