A job interview is a two-way street. Not only are you assessing the company and the position, but the company is also assessing you. To make sure that you put your best foot forward, it’s essential to know the signs that a job interview went well.
The interviewer wants to see how you think on your feet and how you problem-solve. They will ask difficult questions in an attempt to throw you off balance. Remain calm and collected, and take your time answering the question.
Be prepared for behavioral questions such as, “tell me about a time when you led a team,” or “describe a situation where you had to deal with conflict.” The interviewer wants to know how you have handled various situations in the past so they can gauge how you might handle similar situations.
What are the signs that a job interview went well?
Some common signs that a job interview went well are if the interviewer appears to be engaged and interested in what you had to say by agreeing with your answers. If they ask you job scenario questions, that is also a great sign that the interviewer imagines you in the position.
Additionally, it’s often a good sign if the interviewer indicates that you are a strong candidate for the position compared to those they have interviewed.
What should applicants do after they have had a great job interview?
First, send a thank you note to the interviewer(s). Second, follow up with your references, letting them know how the interview went and that they might be contacted. Third, stay in touch with the hiring manager, even if you don’t get the job, because you never know when an opportunity might come up in the future.
Should applicants continue job searching or wait and follow up on their application?
Yes, absolutely! Having a great interview doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed the job. Sometimes the best candidates don’t get the job because they stop their job search after getting an offer from another company.
The interview process is designed to weed out weaker candidates and identify the strongest ones. But even among the strongest candidates, there can be a range in terms of fit and accordance with the company’s needs. So even if you aced your interviews and feel confident about your chances, don’t stop your job search until you receive an official offer (and maybe not even then).
Make sure that you research the company before going into the interview. You should be familiar with their products, services, and mission statement. This will show that you are interested in working for them, not just any old company.
A job interview gone wrong can be disastrous, but by following these tips, hopefully, your job interview will go swimmingly well!