The worst part about any job interview is the uncertainty after the process itself. It’s very common to feel anxious about how you performed and whether the employer will offer you the role.
While there’s never any certainty about these things, there are several signs that can tip you off on how you did and whether you can expect a job offer going forward.
In this article, we run through the 9 signs that you’ll get the job after the interview and how to identify these during the interview.
9 Signs You’ll Get the Job After the Interview
The signs you’re looking for will differ from person to person and may include a mix of verbal and non-verbal cues that you’ll pick up on:
1. They introduce you to other team members
A common indicator that you’re being considered for the job after the interview is being introduced to other team members during the interview itself. In some circumstances, the interviewer may invite you to briefly meet the team at the end of the interview. This is commonly done because you’re a strong consideration for the role and the interviewer wants to get a sense of how you interact with your potential new colleagues.
Likewise, some businesses may want to get the opinion of the team members to see how they feel about you as a candidate. This is increasingly common as businesses look to hire based on both technical aptitude and ‘company culture’.
2. They discuss perks or company benefits
If the interviewer starts talking about company benefits, perks or compensation, it’s a clear indicator that they’re interested. By moving the conversation from you to the company, they’ve moved from an interview environment to selling you on working for them.
This is particularly common in senior roles where a candidate may be a perfect fit but employers can’t be certain that the candidate hasn’t interviewed at somewhere ‘better’ that’s offering different or more valuable benefits.
3. The interview goes over the ‘time limit’
In most cases, the interviewer will explain how long they expect the interview to last at the very start or when organising it in the first place. If you find that your interview runs over – either because you’re still going through the interview or you’ve moved onto other subjects – it’s a positive sign.
This shows that interviewer feels you’re worth their time and moreso, they’re interested in hiring you for the position. Many interviewers speak with multiple candidates a day so if they’re willing to spend extra time on you, it’s not a bad thing.
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4. They consider ‘transition’ steps and the follow-up process
Two positive verbal cues in an interview are the ‘next steps’. If an interview asks questions such as ‘how soon can you start’ or ‘what is your notice period’ then they are clearly interested in hiring you and need to know more about the transition period.
Remember, in some cases, this can be a differentiator between two candidates. Both may be excellent but one may have a shorter notice period while the other is much longer, with the former usually being preferable.
Similarly, if the interviewer starts telling you about next steps – whether that’s another interview stage or a skills test – you can be confident that you’re progressing through the process.
5. The conversation turns casual
This is less ‘surefire’ because it depends heavily on the interviewer. Some people naturally take a casual tone in an interview as they want to gauge you as a person more than grill you about your experiences or qualifications.
That said, if you’re in a formal setting and then conversation turns more casual towards the end, this is a positive sign. This demonstrates that the interviewer is satisfied with what you can do from a professional perspective and now just wants to get to know you better.
Much like how a bad interview typically ends early, a good interview may be extended by casual conversation.
6. They show positive body language
This is more indicative of a good interview in general – not necessarily getting the job – but it doesn’t hurt. If the interviewer is showing that they’re engaged by holding eye contact, asking further questions or smiling, you’re doing something right.
Being able to engage the interviewer ensures that you fully get your point across which is important for making a great first impression and putting yourself in the running.
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7. They contact your references
Interviewers often speak to multiple people each day during the wider hiring process, meaning there’s plenty of competition for most roles.
This is a time-consuming task and most interviewers aren’t going to bother contacting your references unless they’re serious about you joining the company.
Contacting a reference is usually one of the last things an interviewer will do before offering a job so if you get to this point, it’s looking good.
8. They start using ‘when’ rather than ‘if’
When a person strongly believes in something, their wording changes. The same is true of an interviewer. If you hear them say ‘when you start’ or ‘your team…’ then it’s a clear indicator that they’re considering – if not already decided – on you for the position.
9. They include you in future strategy or planning
Finally, if you start speaking about the future of the company or the team and the interviewer includes you within this, it’s a great indicator that they’re mentally processing you as a member of the business going forward.
For example, you may ask about the goals of the team over the next five years. The interviewer may go into more detail about what they want to achieve, discussing strategies or potential moves they want to make.
It’s unlikely that they’d do this with someone they weren’t interested in for the role, as it’d be a waste of time and resources.