If there’s one thing that drives people crazy when applying for jobs, it’s the uncertainty. Of course, you always want to get a job offer, but if recruiters give you prompt feedback on your application status—even if it’s negative—you can generally deal with it pretty well. But those days after an interview where you aren’t quite sure where you stand can be simply maddening, especially if you feel like you did a pretty good job.
While you’ll probably never be able to tell with one hundred percent certainty which way a recruiter is leaning, there are a few signs you can look out for that indicate good news. So the next time you get the urge to pester your recruiter or agonize over a mental play-by-play of the interview, take a breath and simply reflect on whether these nine good omens were present.
1. You Hear “When,” Not “If”
Interviewers try not to get candidates’ hopes up, so they’ll often speak in generalities like “the person in this position would do XYZ,” or “if hired, you would start at this time.” But if they strongly believe that you’re the right person for the job, it may unintentionally come across in their word choice.
“Language like, ‘this is where you’ll be working,’ or ‘our receptionist will help you get settled after HR training,’ are strong indicators that they are thinking about you as the person who fills the position,” says April Klimkiewicz, career coach and owner of bliss evolution. “Listen for verbal cues like this that strongly indicate they are envisioning you working there.”
2. Their Body Language Gives It Away
On a similar note, even if an interviewer is trying to play it cool, their body language may hint at their enthusiasm for you as a candidate.
“Head nodding, foot movements, agreeable ‘mhmms’ and other noises are sure signs that they want you,” says Valerie Streif, Senior Adviser at Mentat.
“People don’t realize how much of their inner thoughts and opinions they give away from these little movements!”
3. The Conversation Turns Casual
The meat of an interview is going to be all business—after all, that’s how an interviewer determines whether or not you’re well-suited for the job. But if, after that, things veer towards the conversational, that’s a great sign.
“If at some point the hiring manager stops talking business, and the interview turns more into a casual, friendly conversation, it’s a sure sign the hiring manager is impressed,” says Matthew Kerr, career adviser at Resume Genius. “It shows they are already satisfied you are qualified to perform the job, and now have a genuine interest in getting to know you better in hopes you …read more
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