There are nonverbal cues that a job interview is going well, and nonverbal cues that an interview is going badly. Of course all job seekers want to believe that they interview well, and that the employer is as interested in them as they are in the employer. But sometimes, despite your best efforts, the interview goes south.
But can you really get a read on the interview while it is in progress? Here are some tips for determining whether or not you are making a good impression:
1) The interviewer looks bored. This is not a good sign. You definitely want the interviewer to appear interested in what you are saying. If this is not the case, it could mean that you have not established rapport with the interviewer, which in turn could mean bad news for your candidacy.
2) The interviewer looks at the clock repeatedly. Even though this in and of itself does not necessarily mean that the interviewer wants the interview to end quickly, there is a strong possibility that it means just that. It’s possible that the interviewer just wants to make sure that the interview doesn’t run over time, but it can be rather unnerving for you as a candidate because it could signify that the interviewer is not interested in what you have to say.
3) You are stumped on more than one question. This is a very bad sign. You should be prepared for the interview even though you do not know exactly what questions you may be asked. If you are struggling to answer more than one question, your chances of making a positive impression on the interviewer are low to nil.
4) The interview does not take the entire time that was scheduled. This is generally taken to be a bad sign. Usually, if the interviewer is very interested in you as a candidate, the interviewer will want to talk with you more, not less.
5) You have a sinking feeling as you leave the interview. More often than not, your general feeling about the interview is correct. If you leave the interview feeling that you didn’t do your best and that you didn’t connect well with the interviewer, that may well be the case.
If you have had a bad interview, take heart. Thankfully, one interview is not likely to make or break your career. The best thing to do is to increase your preparation for the next interview so that you learn from your mistakes.
*Have an interview coming up that you need to ace? Don’t take chances. Prepare to win over your interviewer! Call 877-743-9521 now!