Signs You’ll Get the Job After the Interview

It’s completely normal to feel anxious around a job interview – particularly when you’re waiting to hear back. While there’s no definitive way of knowing whether you’ve been successful, there’s always things that happen during that process that might tip you off. If you’ve just completed the interview process, you may have experienced some of the following signs that you’ll get the job after the interview. 

7 Signs You’ll Get the Job After the Interview

Below are some of the telltale signs – in our experience – that may show you’ve been successful: 

Next steps or the follow-up process are discussed

One of the best ways to judge your performance in an interview is whether ‘next steps’ are discussed. If the interviewer asks questions such as ‘how soon can you start’ or mentions your notice period, they’re clearly interested in you as a candidate and may be considering your transitional period. 

This is often a major consideration for employers as they’ll be planning around you and how it’ll impact daily operations. For example, if you’re up against a candidate with a similar skill set and you both perform equally well but you have a shorter notice period, this is usually preferable.

Positive body language

A great indicator of a positive interview in general is positive body language from the interviewer. If they’re engaged and having a good experience, they’ll hold eye contact, ask further questions, smile and demonstrate interest in you as a candidate. 

If you can engage fully with an employer, you’re much more likely to get your point across, make a great first impression and ensure you’re in the running for the role.

They include you in future planning

If an employer starts talking about the future of the company or the team and mentions you in those plans, such as where you’d fit in or projects you could add value to, it’s a surefire indicator that they’re mentally considering you as an employee.

Even if this doesn’t happen, this is always a great question to ask towards the end of the interview. You may ask the interviewer about the goals of the company or the team over the next few years, which demonstrates that you’re interested in the success of the business and how you’ll impact the role.

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You’re introduced to the wider team

Sometimes, an employer may end the interview by introducing you to the wider team. This is typically reserved for candidates who do well in the interview and the employer then wants to get a sense of how you interact with the wider team.

Likewise, some employers use this opportunity to get some feedback from the team themselves, as they’re a useful resource for gauging potential success. This is happening more in current workplaces as businesses start to focus on company culture.

Company benefits or perks are mentioned

If the conversation moves towards company benefits or perks unprompted, it’s an indicator that they’re interested in you. This is because subconsciously, they see you as a potential employee and they’re beginning to sell themselves to you. 

This generally occurs with more senior candidates, where the fit is perfect but candidates are likely interviewing with several different companies.

The interview runs over or turns casual

The majority of interviews have a set ‘time limit’ assigned to them, which you’re made aware of in the run-up to the interview itself. If you find that the interview runs over – and not because you’ve spent the whole time rambling! – it’s a sign that things are going positively. 

This is a telltale sign that the interviewer is interested and feels the interview is worth their time. Remember that employers generally speak with multiple candidates a day, so if they’re willing to put extra resources into the situation, it’s not a bad thing!

Sometimes, you may find that the interview runs over the allotted time as the conversation turns more casual. This is also a positive sign because it means the employer is interested in learning more about you as a person and how you’ll fit into the company culture.

The employer starts using ‘when’ rather than ‘if’

This is not as concrete as some of the signs above but is positive nonetheless. Subconsciously, when a person believes in something, their wording changes. If they start saying ‘when you start’ or mention you as a member of the team, it’s an indicator that they’re considering you for the position.

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