When you leave a job interview, it’s normal to feel a mix of emotions. You may be both excited about the possibility of snagging the role, as well as fearful that you didn’t perform as well during the interview as it may seem on the surface. This can lead to some anxiety, particularly if more doubts creep in or you begin overanalyzing how you did.
Luckily, you may be able to put your mind at ease. Certain signs often indicate that you did, in fact, nail your interview. If you want to know how you can figure out if you genuinely did well, here are four ways to tell.
1. Your Interview Ran Long
In most cases, if a hiring manager isn’t interested in a candidate, they aren’t going to keep the person in their office beyond the scheduled interview time. As a result, when the conversation lasts notably longer, that’s a solid indication that the hiring manager is seriously considering you for the position.
When a hiring manager thinks they have a great candidate in front of them, they are more inclined to dig deeper and learn all they can. They are essentially engaged in the conversation, so they aren’t in a rush to end it.
Now, this doesn’t mean that an interview that ends on time is a bad sign. That could indicate that the hiring manager has a tight schedule or a meeting scheduled right after yours, so they legitimately can’t afford to go over. Ending on time isn’t a negative sign; it’s just that going long tends to be positive.
2. There Were Follow-Up Questions
Suppose you answered an interview question thoroughly, and the hiring manager still asks follow-up questions that build upon your responses. In that case, that could mean they are very interested in you as a candidate. Any deviation from the standard question set could be a positive, suggesting that your other answers were solid.
However, if the hiring manager is rephrasing questions they already asked, that could indicate that your original answer wasn’t thorough enough or was off-target. If that was happening, you might want to reflect on your interview strategy, as improvements may be necessary.
3. You Were Introduced to Other Employees
Generally speaking, a hiring manager isn’t going to introduce a candidate to the rest of the team or other managers unless they are a top contender. Usually, that’s a sign that the hiring manager is excited about you, and they want to share that feeling with others.
It is important to note that this is a bit rare. Not getting introductions isn’t usually a bad sign, so don’t assume that you did poorly simply because you didn’t get to meet anyone else.
4. The Hiring Manager Replied to Your Thank You Email
If you got a quick reply from the hiring manager after sending out your thank you email, that is usually an indication you nailed an interview. That fast response means they want to keep you engaged, even if the content of their reply is fairly general. For example, even if they only let you know that they’ll be in touch in the coming days, that is a positive sign. It’s an attempt to stay connected with you, and that’s good stuff.
Ultimately, all four of the situation above could suggest that you nailed the interview. If you’d like to learn more about how to manage a job search effectively, the staff at The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us today.