Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your job interview went well. But rather than act as a fortune teller and try to guess if you will hear back from the employer, read on to see if any of these scenarios resemble your most recent job interview—and what you can do to try to turn it around next time it does happen.
- So how do you know if your interview went well or didn’t? The interviewer didn’t ask too many questions. A lack of interest in your qualifications and background are a sure red flag that they are not that interested in you as an employee. An interviewer that is seriously considering hiring you will want to know as much as possible about you and what you have to offer. So turn the table on them and ask them smart questions about the firm, the position and the culture of the organization. It will show the interviewer that you are not just looking for a job, but rather are career minded. They may see you in a different light.
- They keep mentioning that they are interviewing other candidates. This is just another way of saying that they are definitely keeping their options open. Ask what their dream candidate is and elaborate on previous experience that fits the description they gave you. If the hiring manager does not mention needing to interview other candidates, then it’s a good sign that your job interview went well.
- They have no timeframe available as to when they will hire. Often this means that they are just interviewing to test the candidate pool or have not found their “ideal” candidate just yet. Show empathy by discussing that it is difficult to find a qualified candidate, but that you are up for the challenge based on your experience and skills.
- They point out the negatives in your resume’. If you were not aware of the shortcomings in your resume’, you are now. Use this lesson to prepare for the next time someone brings up gaps or frequent job changes, etc. on your resume’. Some things are easy to explain on your resume, while others may be a bit more complicated. Do not become defensive and be honest. Most employers will appreciate that attitude versus a seemingly “perfect” resume‘. If the employer does not point out concerns with your resume, it’s another vote of confidence that your interview went well.
Some think that a recruiter makes up their mind about a candidate in a few minutes. While this may be true for some organizations, there have been many successful job interviews that started off rocky, but the candidate was clever and prepared to turn the situation around. Great employers appreciate someone who can think quickly with a positive end result. After all, it’s important for your career, and sanity, that you join an organization that will appreciate their employees and what they have to offer.