Have you ever asked your end-of-job-interview questions, received answers, and then switched Zoom off and asked yourself, “How do I know if my interview went well? Did I make a good impression?”
Well, you’re not alone. Even when candidates have all the skills and experience employers want, many wonder how to know if their interviews went well.
Do This When Scheduling the Interview
So, to avoid being one of those people, when the employer reaches out to schedule your interview, ask, “How much time should I block?”
It’s a reasonable question. You need to plan your schedule, and you want to know what they’re thinking.
Do This Immediately After the Interview
Then, after the interview, check your watch, or phone, or clock — whichever.
The Best Signs That the Interview Went Well
Why? Because the first debriefing question most recruiters ask their candidates is, “How much time did you spend with them?”
That usually tells the recruiter everything they need to know because if you didn’t get all the time the company indicated when scheduling you, it might not have gone so well.
On the other hand, if you spent more time than planned, that’s a huge positive sign. Someone liked you, and you might be invited to join the team!
Other good news, if:
- They added people to your schedule, that’s a good sign.
- They invited you back, that’s also good.
- You got to the airport (so, not a Zoom interview) and found you’d been upgraded to first-class, start studying how to negotiate your job offer.
Follow Up After the Interview
Then, if you don’t hear anything, make well-timed outreaches to the recruiter and hiring manager.
Featured by SmartBrief on Your Career
Updated January 2021
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