Job hunting can be incredibly stressful, especially if you’ve been out of work for weeks, months or longer. When you’re out of work, applying for jobs can literally become a full-time job—you might very well send out dozens of resumes every single day. It’s easy to get excited once you finally receive a phone call requesting that you come in for an interview, but always remember that it’s just a foot in the door. You’ll still have to impress a potential employer enough that he or she offers you the position.
The interview itself can be an anxiety-ridden experience, but some people feel even more frazzled once it’s over, wondering Did it go well or not?! You won’t know for certain until you receive an official job offer or a letter informing you that another candidate was selected, but here are seven things that may help you figure out what your job interviewer is thinking:
1. Eye contact—if the interviewer is looking directly into your eyes while you are speaking, he is most likely interested in what you are saying. He’s closely paying attention and listening to you.
2. Quick glances around the room—if you are answering questions and the interviewer’s eyes are darting around the room or focused on an inanimate object rather than on you, she is not completely focused on what you’re saying and could be trying to think of a way to end the interview early.
3. More and more questions—if an interviewer asks you to elaborate on something that you said, he is interested and would like to know more. If he was unimpressed with your previous comments, he would have most likely moved on rather than continue with the topic.
4. References—when an interviewer asks about your previous employers, that means he or she is most likely going to contact them because they are interested in you and your abilities.
5. Off-topic conversation—if you wind up discussing sports scores or hobbies, don’t fret. Getting a bit off topic can be a good sign. It means that the interviewer has something in common with you and would probably enjoy having you at the office.
6. Introductions—if your interviewer takes you on a tour of the office that also includes meeting current employees, she could be seeing how you interact with people and looking for signs that show what they think of you. Getting along with co-workers in addition to management is important when hiring someone new.
7. Info about a previous employee—it may strike you as odd, but if an interviewer mentions an ex-employee, he or she is probably talking about the person whose position you would be filling. If bad things are sad, be sure to avoid making rude comments.
Most people feel a bit nervous during job interviews, but these signs may help you know how things are going and what your job interviewer is thinking. Regardless of how you feel an interview went, always remember to thank the interviewer and send a follow-up note within a day or two if you do not hear anything.
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