You come home on a high, you handled the curveball questions well and your nerves can finally stop jangling. But how did you do at interview?
Chances are, the company will be seeing a few candidates or conferring over feedback. Being an in-house recruiter, I know that getting feedback to a candidate is not just a matter of an efficient recruitment process. It’s hard to have to play the waiting game and not feel like you are in control of the outcome. I don’t think I have ever come across a candidate, no matter how senior, who enjoys it!
The only thing that you can do (at least initially) whilst waiting, is send a follow up email thanking the hiring manager. You should now have their direct contact details. If not, that is a tip for any other interviews: ask for their email. This is in case you have any further questions that you’d like answered. Getting direct contact means you may reinforce why you believe you’d be good for the role (using specific examples from your experience) and your enthusiasm for the job.
You had a good conversation with lots of common ground
If you had an excellent dynamic and pivoted across lots of topics, even to the point of finding non-work connections with your interviewer, it’s great. If you didn’t discuss the job at all however, it means that you didn’t keep the conversation on point. The interviewer could just be filling the time and expert at small talk. If you find this happening in an interview; try and steer it back to the role. You are there to demonstrate that you want a job after all, you’ve probably got enough friends!
There was positive affirmation
If you can sense that there was good body language and full engagement from the interviewer it probably shows they were interested in you. Maybe you even heard strong buying signals like “when you join” or “somewhere that you could add value immediately is”. It’s important to read the room and ensure there is good eye contact. From you and the interviewer! Really focus on this one. Yawning or watch checking from the interviewer means you need to steer the chat back to one of your achievements that could be relevant to the role.
They are selling to you
If they are really taking you through the culture and benefits as well as how the role pertains to your skillset, you are probably on the right path. They may go so far as to talk to you about your future in the business and/or introduce you to more team members who you’ll need to set you up for success.
You get the Grand Tour
If they are prepared to show you around the work environment and potentially unleash you on some future colleagues, that probably means they like you. It signals that they are prepared to take extra time with you and so if a tour, or an overrunning interview happens, they are sacrificing schedule for you and that is good.
They cut the recruiter out of the picture
They say they will get back to you directly about next steps. They might also ditch protocol and take up references quickly or speed up the stages. They will do this if they are keen and/or if they are trying to decide between you and one other.
They ask when you can start or availability for next interview
It’s really important then not to get too complacent for the second interview if there is another stage.. you still need to do your research, prepare questions and be consistent in your responses for the next interview. This is where the rubber hits the road and you can really demonstrate that you now understand how you might be able to offer more.
So, what about if you were “feeling it” and still no feedback? Definitely ask for it. Here’s how (at 4:10):
Stay tuned in my next blog post for how to prepare for and enjoy your second round interviews.