After the interview is over, your friends and family will inevitably ask you how it went. Most candidates feel that a standard interview that goes without any kind of incident is a good interview.
But there are a few signs that an interview went well that would surprise you, especially because they are often misinterpreted as anything but signs that the interview went well at all.
You Spend A Lot Of Time Talking To A Lot Of People
Some companies have an interview process that starts with an initial screening with a human resources manager and then moves to departmental managers in the same day. If you get to the interview, talk to the human resources professional and then that is it, then your interview probably did not go as well as you thought. But your interview went well if you spent a lot of time talking to a lot of different managers about your future with the company.
The Interviewer Starts Having A Real Conversation
There is no such thing as a concrete sign that you got the job, but you can say that the interview went well when the interviewer just goes off-script and starts having a real conversation with you.
Most interviewers, especially at initial screening interviews, will start with a piece of paper in front of them that they follow along when asking questions. If they run out of questions and indicate that the interview is over, then you probably did not make the right impression. But if they put the script to the side and start engaging you in what feels like unscripted conversation, then the interview went well.
You Talk To The President Of The Company
If your interview is with Apple, then you probably won't talk to the president of the company unless you are interviewing for a very high level position. But with small businesses, it is not unusual for the president of the company to want to talk to candidates that show a great deal of promise.
As your interview day moves along, you may find yourself talking to departmental managers and you may even talk to a couple of high level employees. If the president of the company enters the interview room to talk to you, then the interview went well.
While it is not always a lead-pipe lock, most companies do not ask for references from candidates unless there is a high level of interest in those candidates. If someone from the company asks you for a list of your references before you leave, then you can safely assume that the interview went well.
You Get A Call For Another Interview Within A Few Days
Some signs that the interview went well can take a few days to show up, but they are worth it. If the company calls you before the week is up to schedule a second interview, then your first interview went well.
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