Signs that you won't get an offer

You spend days fretting nervously and prepping for the interview. Then the aforementioned day comes and you go into the interview and before you know it, it’s over. You think that you’ve done well and they say that they’ll call you soon. But you spend the next few days and even weeks anticipating the call that never comes and you are visually distressed and disappointed.

If only there was a way to know whether or not you will get a call back, and whether or not they will offer you a job. In that regard, here are some signs that may indicate whether or not you may get an offer:

The interviewer was distracted

If during the interview, the interviewer seems distracted or busy, chances are that they don’t think you may be the right candidate and that they are just conducting this interview merely as a formality. If they are not invested in the interview, then they won’t remember you when it comes time to select a candidate, or they may have possibly already disregarded you as a candidate.

The interview is too short

For similar reasons, as stated above, if the interview seems like it was too short or too cursory then chances are that you may not get a call back. Five minutes into the interview, the interviewer already knows whether or not they want to hire you. So if the interview is short, according to your estimation, then chances are that the interviewer just wasn’t impressed or invested in it and didn’t think that you would be a good fit for the position. If they had though that you were, then they would have kept you around longer to know you better.

The interviewer didn’t ask many questions

If a company wants to hire somebody then ideally they would like to know everything about them, and the best way to find that out would be to ask questions. In case the interviewer is not asking you any questions or doesn’t seem to be interested in finding out anything about you, then chances are that they may in fact not be interested in you as a candidate.

You were late or unprepared

Sadly, it often happens that something small becomes a large part of how we judge something, after all this is what first impressions are right. If you didn’t happen to set a good first impression when you met with the interviewer, i.e. you were late or came unprepared, chances are they are going to judge you for it and you just may have missed your shot at the job position.

You weren’t vocal

What a lot people don’t recognize is that a job interview is somewhat like a sales pitch. You have to be willing to sell yourself and that too in such a way as to make the other party interested in buying, i.e., hiring you. So, if you weren’t actually selling yourself or if the interviewer had to keep asking you questions in order to get you to open up, chances are that they may not have been impressed by you.

You weren’t confident enough

Confidence is a quality that companies really look out for. Hence, if you weren’t confident in the way you handled yourself, or if the way you answered the questions or talk about yourself wasn’t confident, then chances are they may not have been impressed by you and sadly may have decided to pass you over.

The interview didn’t discuss money

It’s a general thing but if you are buying something or getting something, in this case an employee then you want to know how much you’ll have to spend for it and whether or not you’ll be able to afford it. So, naturally the company would want to know how much it would cost them to hire you as an employee. If the company was seriously considering hiring you then they’d ask what your salary expectations are.

You haven’t heard back in a week

Even if you are not sure that any of the above mentioned signs were present, and you still have hope that you may get an offer and are diligently waiting for one, then the generally accepted amount of time to wait is a week. If by then you haven’t heard anything from the company, then chances are that you never will and it is better to just move on and search for the next opportunity.


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