6 tells to predict an interview result
How to discern an interview result in advance
Waiting to find out an interview result can be a torturous process. But it's possible to have a good idea of the outcome just from signals within the interview itself.
It can be very hard to de-code the vibes and predict an interview result. Sometimes the signals are very mixed and confusing. You really do feel as if your fate is out of your hands and in the lap of the gods. In others, the way the process went can be so obvious that you have a good idea how you performed and can predict the interview result.
Here are 6 tells that can give you a good idea of which way your interview result is going to go.
#1 The length
Interviews are usually of a reasonable length and appropriate to the level of the role. A senior role will require more in-depth discussions and maybe multiple interviews. Conversely at a junior level, you may be called for assessment days which can be very time-consuming. You may also be asked to take some online competence testings or carry out a project assignment beforehand. If you feel the interview was cut short or you were not processed through the whole recruitment programme, then that is usually a sign that for whatever reason you candidacy has been cut.
Are you making the right impression? Find out with our FREE Executive Presence Self-Assessment.
#2 Interviewers prepared and curious
If your interviewers are well prepared and curious about your application they will want to discuss it in-depth. They will explore in detail your responses and ask probing questions. They may even ask about your personal interests and other broader questions that give them a deeper insight into what you do, your background and what makes you tick. If the interviewer is disengaged, hasn't researched you or read your CV, that is potentially not the best sign.
#3 Focus on negatives
Sometimes (usually) interviewers have biases. They focus on which skills and experience you lack rather than the value you can add. If you are able to turn that around that can lead to a positive outcome. If you can't, the reject mail may be in your inbox.
#4 Strong rapport
Personal relationships count for a lot. Many (read most) organisations look for a cultural fit and people they like and get on with. If you sense antipathy from any individual then the chances are it's not going to work. A strong rapport puts you in a good position, although that doesn't necessarily mean you are a shoo-in for the job. Just one step nearer success.
#5 Interview questions are formulaic
In the days of structured interviews, formulaic questions are more common. However it is the usual process to explain that to the candidate. If you haven't been told all candidates will be asked the same questions in identical sequence and their questions come across as being robotic, it may mean that you do not appeal to them as a candidate.
#6 No discussion on salary or notice period
It's very common to discuss salary only at the offer stage, but it is usual to ask about notice period. If your interviewers are very persistent about the start date and how much notice you have to give, that is indeed a good sign!
Job hunting can seem stressful and complicated, but it doesn't have to be. 3Plus can help you Create a plan for your online job search.
Found that interesting?
Learn more about our services
Make your dreams a reality with a professional evaluation of your career to date.
The evidence is in. More women in your company can deliver 35% greater financial returns. (Catalyst)
Dates for the Diary
We have Remote Learning Programs available
Check out our exciting portfolio of offerings to support your business in upskilling and competence building for your teams, to address the unprecedented challenges that women face in this new totally a digital world.
Download and listen free podcasts
How to Create an Effective USP What is a USP? Our Unique Selling Point or UVP (Unique Value Proposition) is our key core message about where...read more
How to Rethink the Modern Workplace for Gender Equality New research shows that diversity and inclusion is a top priority for leaders. So why...read more
Menopause in the workplace In this podcast with Nicki Williams award winning author, keynote speaker and Founder of Happy Hormones for Life,...read more
How to Cultivate Empathy in the Workplace Nancy Milton, international business communications expert, keynote speaker and author, share some vital...read more
Taking Care of your COW Tanvi Guatam, international Personal Branding expert says there is a misconception out there that a personal brand is...read more
The importance of Hard Talk Dawn Metcalfe, author of Managing the Matrix and Hard Talk, shares with us tips to achieve the lasting communication...read more
When Does Female Rivalry Turn into Sabotage There’s a lot of stuff written on social media about female rivalry and competition between women. Some...read more
Goal setting tips to boost your career The happiest people are those that really love their jobs. Those that don’t, dread Sunday nights and...read more
How to Get Noticed by Head Hunters & Recruiters In this power coaching podcast, we're going to tackle one of the questions asked multiple...read more
Even the most seasoned of speakers get nervous before making a presentation. Here are 8 tips to conquer those presentation nerves.read more
Dr. Tanvi Gautam is an award winning diversity and inclusion specialist and HR thought leader splitting her time between Asia and the US. Read her words and thoughts of wisdom in this 3Plus Women Who Inspire series.read more
Virtual event promotion is important, but this is especially true for online events as they are new for many people, here is what to try, and to avoid!read more