We've all been there. You go on an interview and feel pretty good about it. You prepared extensively, answered all the questions with ease, and dressed to the nines. No matter what, though, there's always that nagging question you ask yourself: "Did my interview go well?"
It's never fun to play the waiting game. Nowadays, it's very rare to get hired on the spot, so how can you evaluate how you performed? Below, we share five ways to gauge if the hiring manager is interested in you.
1. Did they talk about the big picture?
If the hiring manager speaks about where the company is going and how your skills sets fit in, then it's a really good sign that yes, you are being looked at in high regard.
2. Did the hiring manager engage in chitchat with you?
It's always a great sign if he or she is showing a personal interest with you. As they say, you want to build relationships professionally before personally. I wouldn't recommend getting off topic with the hiring manager, but if they start asking more questions about your life outside of work, then it's a sign that they may see you being there for a while and want to get to know a little bit better.
3. Where you introduced to additional decisions makers?
If the hiring manager introduces you to a vice president or other higher-level leaders at the company, that's a great sign that you hit a home run with the hiring manager or interviewer. The interviewer definitely wouldn't waste their time - or that of employees who rank above them - if they felt that you were a dud.
4. Did the interview last longer than scheduled?
This is a great sign. Keep in mind that hiring managers usually conduct interviews that will fit into their daily routine at work. If they go over that time frame of what they schedule, that often means they are very interested in what you have to say.
5. Was there a clear time frame?
Most companies have a pretty strict time frame, but they usually will adjust it to find the perfect candidate to fit their need. If the hiring manager ends the interview and tells you definitively when you can expect to hear back, it's good sign that you're in the running.
While the signs above aren't the end all, be all of knowing how well you did at your interview, hopefully knowing what to look for can help calm your nerves while you wait to hear back. And no matter what your initial impression is about how you did, it's always a good idea to ask for a business card or email address from the hiring manager at the end of the interview so you can (quickly) send a follow-up thank you note.
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