The face-to-face interview is a crucial part of the hiring process, the juncture at which candidates either move to the next stage of the process or are eliminated.
But can you tell if you’re moving to the next stage or if you’ve been eliminated before the company lets you know? It is possible, but you have to be looking for the signs.
Below are four ways to tell if your interview is going well:
#1—The interview runs over the designated time.
Company officials would not run over the designated time to stop an interview if they did not want to run over. If they do, it means they believe that potentially disrupting the schedule is secondary to continuing the interview and the conversation. That’s an indication that they’re very much interested in you and the value they believe you could bring to the organization.
#2—The follow-up process is discussed in detail.
If the process is discussed in detail, it’s because there will be a follow-up process for you specifically. The interviewers would not go to the trouble of discussing a process that really does not apply to you because they’ve already screened you out. However, if you’re a viable candidate, then they absolutely will go over the process, what’s involved, and what you can expect.
#3—The interviewers show you around the office before you leave.
Once again, the interviewers would not do this if they knew they wouldn’t be seeing you. (Once again, because they’ve screened you out.) But if they take the time to show you the office, the amenities, and the other people who work there, then perhaps they want to impress you and make a good impression . . . because they DO hope to see you again.
#4—The people interviewing you are fully engaged.
When you’re in a face-to-face interview, you want to grab the attention of the people conducting the interview and you want to hold that attention. When they’re engaged, they’re interested in what you have to say and what you have to offer. Ideally, you are selling yourself during the interview, and if you’re doing it well, then they’re leaning forward in a posture of anticipation.
People usually wait until after the interview to gauge whether or not things went well, but you don’t have to do that. Using the tips listed above, you can analyze what’s happening as it happens and use that information to your advantage.
Ultimately, you want to receive an offer of employment, and if the interview goes well, you’ve increased your chances of receiving one.