Have you recently been interviewing for a new position? This article will address 13 powerful, can’t-miss signs you got the job during the interview.
There are many a good reason for a job change. You might just be in a rut and need a change of scenery or you don’t see any career growth in your current position. There also may be clear signs your boss is threatened by you as well as signs coworkers are intimidated by you.
Maybe you’re just sick of diplomatically dealing with a toxic boss and just need to move on.
So you need to get out from under it. Once you’ve made the decision to look at what’s out there, you’ve got to bone up on your interviewing skills.
Interviewing can be an unnerving experience. You need to be able to think on your feet and, at the same time, come across as a positive intelligent potential employee that can do the job for which you are interviewing.
If you’ve been in one or many interviews then you certainly had a good idea of how it was going, positively or negatively. Maybe at the time you left the interview you were thinking to yourself did I get the job or not then, chances are, you didn’t have a good feeling about it.
If you left the interview with positive vibes then there is a good chance you got the job. It just becomes a waiting game at that point. When you went through the interview process you knew that things were going well.
I’m sure some, or all of the signs below, you experienced when you were interviewing for a job for which you were eventually hired.
13 Can’t Miss Signs You Got the Job
1. Interview Runs Long
It’s obvious that if you are in an interview and you end up meeting with only one or two people in a short amount of time, chances are it didn’t go too well. And then there are other times when things appear to be going very well and you are interviewed by several people in the company.
What you thought was only going to take an hour ends up taking up half the day. This is a great sign that you impressed your interviewers and they were excited to share you with their coworkers to get their impression of you.
2. Positive Body Language
Body language may not necessarily be the best indicator of how the interview is going but it’s one that you shouldn’t overlook. If your interviewer’s posture is upright, maintaining eye contact, and smiling that’s a good sign the interview is going well.
3. You Meet with Many Employees
You know the interview is going well when the hiring manager introduces you to other managers and workers of other departments throughout the company. If there was no interest in you, there would be no need for these extraneous introductions.
4. You’re Escorted Throughout the Company
Oftentimes when you are interviewing, all you really get to see is the inside of a conference room. Different interviewers are scheduled to come in and talk to you at various time slots.
Well, if for some reason the hiring manager escorts you throughout the company showing you the cafeteria and the locations of various departments, that’s one of the signs you got the job. No hiring manager is going to waste his time showing off the company to a candidate that isn’t going to be hired.
5. You Meet with Upper-Level Management
If you have gone through interviewing with a number of future coworkers and then you are escorted to the office of a member of upper-level management, this bodes well for you and your prospects of future employment with the company.
Once again, why would a hiring manager waste the time of his boss if you weren’t passing the interview process with flying colors? This is a clear-cut sign you are killing it in the interview.
Obviously, if you are interviewing for an upper-level management position this does not apply as your interviewees are probably all at a senior management level.
6. You’re Shown Your Future Office
The hiring manager just happens to point to the office that you would occupy if you got the job. This is a great sign and you can visualize yourself sitting in that office working for the company.
7. Salary Expectations are Discussed
At the end of the interview, you head back to Human Resources. The H/R manager asks you what your salary expectations are and there is a serious discussion of hard salary numbers. This certainly wouldn’t happen if the H/R manager knew that there was no interest in you as a candidate for the job.
8. Company Perks are Highlighted
During the interview process, the Human Resources manager goes into explicit detail about the perks of the company. But, not only that, some of the future coworkers with whom you interview, talk specifically about the free gym membership, free coffee, and the free lunch offered to employees once a week.
This is a way of enticing you to accept a future offer with the company. If they weren’t very impressed with you, they wouldn’t even venture to mention these specific perks.
9. You’re Told Remote Work is Possible
Remote work has become an attractive benefit ever since the pandemic. Being able to work from home benefits the employee in many ways such as no commute, more sleep, and no travel expenses.
You are told during the interview process that, at a minimum, you can work remotely at least on a part-time basis if you prefer. This is another good sign that the company finds you an attractive potential employee. It is also a very attractive perk that should entice you to accept a possible offer.
10. Conversation Becomes Personal and Casual
Some of the interviewers start talking to you like you already have the job. They talk about where they go out for lunch and after-work drinks. The tone has certainly become much more casual in nature with more of a give-and-take instead of just the interviewer asking questions.
11. You’re Asked if You’re Interviewing Elsewhere
If a company feels you are an attractive candidate, then they want to know how much competition there is out there for your services. If you are asked if you have other interviews lined up, that shows you that they are truly interested in your services.
It just might make sense for the hiring manager, along with human Resources, to speed up the hiring process if they think you are the one for the job.
12. You’re Told You Impressed the Interviewers
At the end of the interview, you head back to the Human Resources department where you are told by the H/R manager that you have impressed the people to which you have spoken. This is another one of the indisputable signs you got the job.
13. You are Asked to Return for a Second Interview
You are asked to come back for a 2nd interview but what does a second interview mean? Obviously it means that you have done well on your first interview and have satisfied the core requirements of the job.
Your second interview will probably be with the whole team with which you’ll be working, in a group setting. This is a very positive sign that you will eventually get the job even though you will have to wait for another day to hear their job offer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Signs You Got the Job
What are the signs you didn’t get the job?
There are certain tell-tale signs that you didn’t get the job.
- The interview process lasted shorter than you anticipated.
- The hiring manager is very quick with his questions.
- You are relegated to a conference room during interview process and aren’t shown around the company.
- You only talk to the H/R manager and the hiring manager and are then escorted out.
- You originally were told you would interview with multiple people but the hiring manager cut it short.
- At the end of the interview process you have negative vibes about the whole process.
What are the signs you will get the job after interview?
- You have positive vibes at the end of the interview process.
- Many of the interviewers say to you that they look forward to seeing you again.
- The hiring manager makes it a point to tell you we’ll get back to you soon.
- You were able to answer all of the technical questions with flying colors.
- Human Resources manager spends a while explaining all of the benefits and perks of the company in minute detail.
- Human Resources manager relates to you that there were many positive comments that came from the interviewers.
- Your conversations with the hiring manager became non-technical, casual, and personal in nature.
What are the signs you are the top candidate?
- You are asked back for another interview with the group for which you’ll be working.
- The hiring manager had you interview with his boss.
- The interviewers spoke to you like you were already their coworker.
- You were shown the office in which you would be working if you got the job.
- You are escorted throughout the company and introduced to managers of other departments.
- You are told where most people go to lunch and for after dinner meet-ups.
- Human Resources personnel discusses your salary expectations with you.
- Human Resources personnel asks you how soon you could start if you got the job.
How do you know if the hiring manager wants you?
- The conversation with the hiring manager gets to a personal level about life in general.
- Human Resources personnel mention that the hiring manager was impressed with your interview.
- The hiring manager brings a number of your future coworkers into the conference room during the interview process.
- You are shown the actual offices of the department for which you’ll be working.
- You are introduced to the hiring manager’s boss for a quick conversation.
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