It can be confusing for job candidates to determine what hiring managers think about them. You may think, “They said they were excited to meet me, but are they sincere?” Many hiring managers do not follow through on the assurances they give in an interview.
If you don’t hear anything for weeks, you’ll know if you should keep looking for work, even if the interview went well. Recruiters and hiring managers can also tell if you’re interested in them in a few ways. Sometimes, the signs are apparent.
Recruiting manager Bonnie Dilber of app-automation company Zapier said she tells strong candidates. “It’s important for me never to promise them the job but to show excitement about them, show things are going well, and ask what it will take for them to be excited about us.”
There are also subtle signals that are very promising. Career experts and recruiters tell us these secret signs show you’re a top candidate:
They Are Responsive When Following Up
After each interview, follow up with the next steps within a day or two. It shows they care about your well-being and don’t want you to leave. Fast-paced hiring processes are a good indicator of top talent.
Show You Around And Introduce You
During your interview, a hiring team member shows you around the office and introduces you to their colleagues. The company offers to connect you with current team members or other business stakeholders.
They Ask If You’re Interviewing Elsewhere
The company will want to know what its competitors are doing when they are very interested. Candidate contact will also be more ‘high touch’ for recruiters. Then they’ll check in regularly to see if your position on competing offers has changed since you last spoke.