7 Key Signals That an Interview Is Going Well

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Have you ever interviewed for a position and walked away unsure on how the interview went? It can be tricky to analyse how the interview went, particularly if the hiring manager had a poker face. 

However, there are a few key indicators that the job interview went well and here are the top 7. 

The interview lasts longer than its scheduled time 

A hiring manager's time is precious so if your interview has lasted longer than scheduled, this means the interviewer is clearly interested in getting to know you and what you have to say.

The hiring manager speaks as though the role is already yours

If the hiring manager is saying things such as ‘You will be..’ or ‘Your responsibilities will include…’, it could be a sign that they’re already imagining you as part of their team!

They show you around the office and introduce you to colleagues  

A hiring manager who dedicates time to show you around the office is clearly keen on their interviewee getting a better feel for the company. If you are introduced to senior stakeholders, this is a very good sign because the hiring manager wouldn’t waste time introducing you if they didn’t have a good feeling about you. 

The hiring manager seems engaged and asks follow up questions 

Asking follow up questions means that they are taking a real interest in what you have to offer their company. An engaged hiring manager is always a good sign. A good way of spotting if the hiring manager is engaged is their body language - did they lean in to speak with you? Did they keep eye contact? Did they smile when you were speaking?  

The conversation flows 

If you were to get the job, it is important that you would fit into their existing team so if you find that the conversation is flowing with the hiring manager, this is a good sign.  

The interviewer is selling the role and their company to you 

If you have multiple interviews lined up, you could be in a position where you receive multiple offers from different companies. If the hiring manager sees potential in you, they will be eager to highlight the benefits of joining their team. 

They ask if you’re interviewing elsewhere

By asking if you have other interviews lined up, they’re obviously keen to learn if you are likely to receive any other offers of employment. If you are, they might want to get their offer in first or increase their salary offer to make sure you choose them over the competition. 

Signs the interview didn’t go well

  • The interview ended early. 
  • The hiring manager seemed uninterested or distracted. 
  • The conversation didn’t feel natural. 
  • You failed to answer a critical question well. 
  • You weren’t shown around the office.
  • You weren’t introduced to anyone. 
  • You weren’t advised on the next steps post interview. 

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

We operate in two sectors:

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If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help? One of our consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

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