Sometimes you do all you can to prepare for an interview, like researching the company and answering practice questions. Sometimes you’re just not on your game and you’re frazzled, stressed, and didn’t sleep well enough. Regardless, the result of the interview is the same: you didn’t get the job. While preparedness is great, if you’re not the ideal fit for a position, then you’re not the ideal fit, and no amount of preparedness can change that.
Of course, if your heart is set on a job, the agonizing waiting game that begins after an interview can seem that much more torturous. To prevent you from wasting time and getting your hopes up too high, it helps to know some signs that you just didn’t get the job.
Establishing a rapport with a hiring manager is always wise. This could be the person you end up working for, and if you two can form a quick bond over anything (whether that’s their professional achievements or something personal you see on their office desk), that’s promising. Of course, flowing conversation won’t always lead to a job, but your chances are better than if the hiring manager seems reserved. If that’s the case, that’s not a great sign.
If discussions of salary don’t come up, this also isn’t good. Of course, some hiring managers will save the money conversation until the second interview, but if you know for sure that there’s only one round of interviews and you leave the building without a question about how much money you’d make, the hiring manager is probably only going to disclose that information to candidates that he or she wants to hire.
Similarly, you should be asked about your availability. A hiring manager that wants to fill a role now will want to know who can start and when. If you’re not asked, you probably didn’t get the job. Most tellingly, if weeks go by without a peep from the office, you know that it’s best to keep looking.