You’re relatively sure you aced the interview and felt like you were walking on air as you left the lobby. But now, hours seem like days and days like weeks as you wait patiently for a formal offer.
“Fortunately, you can put some of the puzzle pieces together as you decide your course of action during this uncertain waiting game,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, leadership coach, and author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”
“While you can never be certain, and you definitely don’t want to get your hopes up prematurely, there are certainly signs that might hint that you’re about to get some good news,” he said.
Here are 15 signs an offer might be coming your way:
The interviewer nods and smiles a lot during the interview.
They could just be friendly — but if you notice a friendly and warm demeanor, it could be a good sign.
“It may mean they’re comfortable around you and seemed to enjoy the time,” says Taylor.
Nodding can also suggest a genuine interest in what you’re saying.
The hiring manager tries ‘selling’ you on the company.
A shift from a barrage of questions to a marketing mode is a great sign they want to hire you, says Taylor.
Your interview is extended.
Did the conversation go way over the amount of time they scheduled? Did the interviewer invite you to continue the discussion over lunch or coffee?
If so, you may have it in the bag.
“Most interviewers make up their mind, whether they admit it or not, within the first few minutes and so those candidates that they know they will pass on will definitely get a quicker interview,” Kerr explains.