Naturally, everyone wants to know how well they did in an interview. Here’s an example of one interview that went exceptionally well:
EverQuest Recruiting recently completed the search for a seasoned Director of Engineering for a remote and highly acclaimed Four-Diamond resort. On a late Sunday afternoon, the Managing Director was scheduled to spend one hour with the candidate in advance of his full round of team interviews planned for the following day.
That one hour turned into four hours, a complete property tour and dinner. Having an interview go far past its scheduled time is a good indication that a job interview is going well. It also means that the recruiter has done his job by finding a good match and helping to create a connection between the client and candidate. The next day the group interviews were quite successful and the candidate joined the team!
The recruiter’s role is to brief the interviewer on information about the candidate that does not appear on the resume. The “Candidate Presentation Notes” are designed to promote a faster bonding time between the parties and minimize the interviewer’s need to drill down on the candidate’s skills.
Here are some signs an interview is going well:
- The interviewer nods, leans toward you, and smiles.
- The interviewer resists outside distractions.
- The interview goes on longer than scheduled. Always a good sign!
- The discussion of the job becomes more detailed. The talk moves beyond a mere laundry-list description of the position and on to specific issues; e.g., problem areas or areas where the job could eventually expand.
- The interview veers “off script.” The interviewer starts engaging with you as a real person, not just as an applicant.
- The interviewer describes problems with the last person who held the job. This shows trust and is a clue that maybe they think you will be able to do a better job.
- The conversation moves to a personal level. You begin to find mutual interests outside of the work conversation. If you laugh together, it’s even better.
- The interviewer starts to talk about the future. Whether it’s the future of the company or the future of this specific position, this is a good sign that the interviewer is starting to think of “you” and “future” at the same time.
- The talk turns to start dates and availability.
- You ask when you will hear back and you get a specific answer. There’s a big difference between a nice concrete “We’ll get back to you on Monday,” and a vague “We’ll be in touch.”