For many, the worst part of the job search is that uneasy silence after you’ve had a job interview when all you can do is wait for the phone to ring. Have you ever thought that you absolutely aced that interview yet waiting endlessly to get the call? The disappointment can be crushing.
You wonder what it was that went wrong and if there was anything you could have done differently. To ease the suspense, it might be helpful to know aforetime if to expect the job or not. Most times (though not all of the times), the result of an interview is readily predictable from the interview itself.
Here are some signs your job interview isn’t going very well (and how you can turn it around):
The interview seems boring. If the general tone of the conversation just doesn’t seem to go well, you could be in trouble. This could mean that you’ve made a poor first impression and the interviewer has already given you the thumbs down. It could also indicate that another star candidate has already been selected, and so they’re just going through the motions with you.
They don’t try to inpress you about the company or job. Employers are happy to hire new people; it’s exciting to add members to the team. If they really like you and have decided that you might be ‘the chosen one,’ they’’ll usually to try to get you excited about taking on the role. If the employer makes no effort to convince you to want the job, they’re probably not terribly interested.
The interview is too short and easy. Your interview only lasted a few minutes and basically just covered the information listed in your resume. You weren’t asked any behavioural or hypothetical questions. Great, that was easy! Actually, sometimes easy is bad. If the interviewer doesn’t ask you any challenging or probing questions, you’re likely not being seriously considered for the job.
Salary didn’t seem to be an issue. Once an employer has decided they want you, they have to see if they can afford you. Usually at some point in the second half of a first job interview, you’ll be asked about what you expect for salary. If this doesn’t come up at all, it could be a really bad sign.
The interviewer offers you nice career advice. Sometime a nice gesture can be the kiss of death. So if the employer kindly points out some things you could do in order to be more qualified for the sort of jobs that your applying for, it generally means that they don’t think you’re there yet.
The interview ends with no mention of next steps. All things being equal, your job interview should end with a brief talk on what the next steps are. The employer will let you know if there’s any work samples they need or a follow-up interview with more people at the company. At the very least they should give you a rough estimate of when they expect to make a hiring decision.
However, if you leave the interview hearing, “Hey, thanks for applying. We wish you the best of luck in your job hunting” instead of discussing what comes next in the hiring process, that may well mean “you’re out”.
Possible remedies for a bad job interview:
Don’t get agitated, Remain cool and calm throughout your interview. If the you don’t seem to catch the employer’s attention at first, it can be discouraging and take the you off. But who knows what’s going on in the interviewer’s head? Maybe they came in distracted, or you remind them of an event or something they don’t like. You have the next 30 minutues or thereabout to be interesting. Be confident, connected and enthusiastic to turn that first impression around.
Be prepared to change tactics. If you’ve been talking at length all about your accomplishments at one former employer – and these don’t seem to catch the interviewer’s attention, switch it up. Talk about earlier jobs, how you chose your career path, how what you learned in school connects to the industry. You may need to find the anecdote that connects with the interviewer’s own interests to break through the icy patch.
Ask questions. If the interview is winding down and it really doesn’t look like you’ve made the positive impression that you were hoping for, you can always ask them questions (at the appropriate time) to seek their engagement and connect better. You can also come right out and ask. “Does it seem like I’d be a good fit for the role? Are there any concerns that I can address?”. No matter the answer you get, don’t take it personal just take heed to it to develop yourself and who knows that might even be a reason to consider you.
And as we’ll always say, do not lose hope, the call might have been delayed for various reasons. Keep being optimistic and not anxious. We wish you God’s favor in your job hunt. GOODLUCK!