“Did my job interview go well?” is one of the top questions you may find yourself thinking about after you complete an interview.
Perhaps you think that you nailed the question on your strengths and weaknesses. But you also feel like you may have slipped up on the question about why you applied for the job. How can you know whether or not your interview went well?
While it’s impossible to know how your interview went until you hear back from the company, there are a few indicators you can use to judge the success of your interview.
In this guide, we’re going to discuss eight signs that your job interview went well and that may signal that you are going to advance to the next stage of the interview process.
#1: Your interviewer used positive affirmations
During your interview, did the interviewer use any positive affirmations? If so, this can be a good signal that they are impressed with you and your experience.
There are a few affirmations you can look out for. If an employer used positive responses like “Great answer” or “That is exactly the skill we are looking for in a candidate for this job,” then it is a good sign you are on the right track.
In addition, if an interviewer seems enthusiastic about your candidacy, then it is a good sign that you have adequately impressed them. Did the interviewer nod their head, or appear really engaged with your conversation? If so, you could be on a good track.
#2: The interviewer tries to sell you the job
In a job interview, the interviewer will spend some time walking through the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have applied.
However, if you notice that the employer is trying to sell you the job, and talks a lot about the positive company culture and why they love working there, then it is a good sign you have made a strong impression on the employer.
Think about it this way: if an employer was not impressed with you, would they be making such an effort to convince you of why the job is right for you?
#3: The interview runs on longer than scheduled
If your job interview lasts longer than planned, it could be a sign that you have done a great job in your interview.
When you walk out of the interview room—or end the interview call—take note of how long the engagement took. Did it last as long as scheduled, or did it go on for longer than was initially expected?
If an interview goes on longer than expected, it is a sign that the company was engaged by your responses, and wanted to spend more time learning about who you are and how you can help their business reach their goals.
#4: You are introduced to different people
During your phone screening, you will be told about what the next steps look like for your candidacy. For instance, you may be called in for a second interview in front of a few interviewers.
If you walk into an interview room and everyone who the interviewer promised would be there shows up, it is a good sign that the company is serious about getting to know you better. If they were not confident in you, they likely would not want to dedicate so many team members to the interview.
In addition, if you are introduced to people who you were not expecting to meet, you can take that as a sign that an employer is particularly impressed with you. For instance, if the interviewer says “Give me a minute to get the VP of Marketing,” they are clearly impressed by you and want to hear what other team members think about you.
#5: Your start date is discussed
If your interviewer brings up your start date, it is a good sign they are impressed with you.
For instance, the interviewer could ask “When is the earliest that you could join us?” or “If we were to offer you this position, how soon would you be able to start?” These questions may signal that an employer is thinking about offering you the job, as before they extend an offer they will need to know how soon you are available.
If you are asked how soon you can start, inform the employer of how much notice you need to give to your existing employer, if necessary.
#6: You are asked if you are thinking about other jobs
During an interview, you may be asked about whether you are thinking about other jobs.
There are a couple of ways an employer could bring this up. For instance, you could be asked “How is your job search going?” or “Are you considering any other job opportunities at this time?”
If you are being asked about whether you are considering other jobs, it is a sign that the interviewer is eager to secure you as a candidate. These questions will help an interviewer evaluate what they need to do to keep you interested in the position, and will also help them measure whether there is any competition for you elsewhere.
If you are asked this question toward the end of an interview, it usually means that the employer is starting to think about next steps—a positive sign toward the end of an interview.
#7: Specific next steps are discussed
How did your interview end? Did the hiring manager say that they would “be in touch,” or did a discussion start about the culture at the business?
If your interview ends with a discussion about culture or start dates, then you can take that as a sign that the interviewer was impressed by you. Also, if the interviewer starts to discuss next steps, then there is a good chance you have piqued the interest of the interviewer.
Toward the end of your interview, you may be asked to meet with another member of the team. Or, you may be told to expect an email about next steps after the interview. These are all signs that the employer wants to keep the discussion going.
#8: You are spoken about like you are already part of the team
Interviews usually stick with non-committal vocabulary like “if you were hired for this job, you would be doing…” or “the person hired for this position will work for…” This is to avoid getting the hopes up of an applicant, especially at an early stage of the hiring process.
If you are approaching the end of the hiring process—for instance, if you are in your final interview—and you start to hear that you are being spoken about like you are part of the team, it is a good sign that you have impressed the employer.
The interviewer may say something like “this is what you can expect as an employee here…” or “after your HR onboarding, you’ll be introduced to the rest of your team.” These are subtle indicators that a business is thinking about you not as a candidate, but as a prospective employee who could be joining them soon.
While you will not know for sure whether an interview has gone well until you hear back from the company, there are a few signs you can look out for to tell if your interview went well.
The signals that we have discussed in this article will help you evaluate whether your job interview went well before you hear back from the company. But, if you didn’t notice any of these signals, don’t worry!
These signals may have come up in your interview, but you may not have noticed them because you were so focused on answering the interviewer’s questions. Or the interviewer may have had their own tone that does not fit in with any of these signals.
After all, the signals discussed in this article are subjective—they are nice to see in an interview, but they are not necessarily indicative of you getting the job! With that said, the more of these signals you see, the more likely you may be to receive a positive response regarding your next steps.