Are you trying to find out whether an interview went well? Waiting to hear if you got the position can be frustrating, but learning how to identify the signs that an interview went poorly should encourage you to reflect, brace yourself for the future, take a step back and look at it critically.
It’s important to remind yourself that an interview does not reflect your likeability, intelligence or self-worth. It’s a test of how well your skills fit with the needs of a company. Before you start getting down on yourself don’t assume anything. You may not get the position, but you’re on your way to landing the next one.
The interview is cut short
Initial telephone interviews and video interviews last 20 to 30 minutes. If it ended abruptly or only went for 15 minutes, it’s a sign that your interview went badly. Your answers may have been too short and you may not have sold yourself properly. Unfortunately, you may have been considered unfit for a job, leading to a short interview. The interviewer might skip asking further questions because they weren’t satisfied with your answers to the more straightforward one
The first few questions will be designed to identify your motivation and personality.
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why did you apply for this position?
- Why do you want to leave your current employer?
The Interviewer seems uninterested or distracted
It’s quite normal for the interviewer to take notes during the telephone interview. Signs of this for example is hearing keyboard typing. If the interviewer isn’t paying attention to you, he or she is concerned about something else. Therefore in this case, isn’t paying attention to your replies or he may take a long time to think about the next question to ask. If the interview is interested in getting to know you, he or she will have a compiled list of questions to ask during the interview. In this way rapport is built and connection is mutual.