Your application was successful, you aced the first round of interviews and you were invited back for a second. Now begins the agonising wait for news… will you get the job?
There is only one sure fire way to know if you’ve been successful – and that’s a job offer on the table. However, you may have received a few clues along the way.
1) The interview didn’t feel like an interview
Sometimes interviews can feel gruelling and painful and as much as you know that you shouldn’t, you’ll start keeping an eye on the clock.
On the other hand, some interviews will fly by, you’ll feel as if you are having a two-way conversation rather than an interview. This is a great sign that things have gone well.
2) Body language of the interviewer
Positive body language from the person interviewing you is a great sign that they liked you. In particular, if they leaned forwards when talking to you, if they seemed to mirror your own body language (for example, if they crossed their legs or tilted their head at the same time as you) or if they smiled and nodded as you spoke.
If you picked up on this sort of positive body language then it is likely that the interviewer was interested in you. It doesn’t necessarily mean that a job offer will follow, but it is definitely a good sign.
3) Subtle clues in what the interviewer said
Along with positive body language, the interviewer may have also given you some subtle verbal clues. It’s best not to over analyse this too much as some interviews will be working from a script, however, sometimes they may give away more than they intended.
Subtle clues include, whether or not your interviewer asks you when you can start, if they say something like “you’ll be hearing from us soon” or if they answer your questions with thought and detail.
Less subtle clues like “when you are working here,” or “you’ll see that for yourself,” are also a sign that they think you are a good fit for the job.
4) Did you get a tour of the building?
A great sign that the interviewer likes you is whether or not they take you on a tour of the building or if they introduce you to some of the people you’ll be working with. If the interview had gone badly it is unlikely that the interviewer would spend time showing you the offices.
5) Did the interviewer discuss your salary expectations?
A conversation about salary expectations could be a sign that the company want to invest in you. In order to move forward with the process they will need to see if your salary expectations fit within their budget. There could even be some negotiation over this. Either way, if they are asking the question then it shows that they are thinking about the next steps in the process – which is definitely a good sign.