6 sure signs your phone interview went well
Up to 93% of communication is nonverbal, so phone job interviews can be tricky as they leave you guessing the interviewer's reactions to your answers.
It's true that you can hear a smile, however, you can't always be certain you have identified all other emotions in the interviewer's tone. So how do you know if a phone interview went well?
There isn't a perfect way to tell if you are moving forward to the next round. Even if you feel like you've bonded with the recruiter and the conversation ended on a good note, there are many other factors about hiring that are outside your scope.
But the same point is valid when you feel like your performance was bad and you failed the interview. The interviewer may believe you came across very well and your experience is sufficient for the position. So here I will tell you all about the signs that you should be looking for.
Table of Contents
- What are the 6 signs of a good phone interview?
- 4 signs your phone interview didn't go well
- Is a 10-minute phone interview good or bad?
What are the 6 signs of a good phone interview?
The best that could happen during the interview that would clearly mean it goes well, is to hear the recruiter confirm you will speak again for the next stage. Ideally, this leaves you no room for doubt and saves you from overthinking.
If you don't hear it directly, there are a few other things that could point you in that direction and ease your buzzing mind. Try to analyze the call, right after it ends, focus on the topics you covered, and watch for the following signs indicating you have a good chance to be hired.
1. You know what the next step is
Be mindful of the phrases the interviewer uses throughout the conversation. Еspecially at the end of the call. It would be a good sign if they mention what the next step in the recruitment process is.
For example, another call with a relative manager or a competence test, anything that indicates that they would like you to be prepared for proceeding further. By the way, you should check our guide on how to use notes during a job interview.
2. The call ends on a good note
Listen to your intuition. If you bonded with the interviewer and the call went smoothly and you feel well after it ended, it means you did well and you are likely to hear back from them.
The interviewer may even comment that you did well or that they are pleased with the conversation you had.
3. The interview went longer than expected
It could be due to many reasons – the interviewer had many questions about your experience, or spent a lot of time explaining the position in detail, or simply lost track of time as they enjoyed the conversation.
Either way, the long interview means that the recruiter was genuinely interested in speaking with you.
4. They asked you for your availability and other offers
If the interviewer asks you how soon you can start a new job or if you are currently having other offers, it indicates that they may be considering you for the position and they are planning the next steps of the hiring, such as the next available starting date.
If you're not happy with the proposed compensation, take a look at our guide on how to negotiate salary without losing the job offer.
The flow is very important for a good interview, it means that there's a logical organic continuation of the discussion.
If the interviewer is basing their next question on the answers you gave to the previous question and keeps the conversation natural – that shows that they are interested in what you are saying and would like to know more.
6. They gave you details about the position and the company culture
The interviewer surely believes you are a good fit if they try to position you in the company by giving you a very detailed overview of the culture and the benefits of working there.
They would try to sell you the position as well by giving you a possible career path. If you are invited for a live job interview, make sure to arrive at least a bit early to ensure everything goes smoothly.
4 signs your phone interview didn't go well
So how to know if you failed a phone interview for sure? It's relatively easy to tell that the interview wasn't even close to perfection, especially if it made you feel uneasy while it lasted.
When the interviewer is genuinely not interested in your application, they would show that by trying to keep the conversation dry and short.
Let's say you start well but it so happens that some of your answers put the interviewer off, you would notice a withdrawal or a change of attitude during the call.
That's very noticeable in new recruiters, as they tend to hold back their emotions with practice, but there are other signs to watch for that indicate an unfortunate interview. And, sadly, those mean that you have little chance of landing the job. Here are some examples of bad phone interview signs:
1. Lots of awkward silence during the call
You might be tempted to believe that the interviewer is taking notes during them. However, it's more likely that they would tell you if they do.
The awkward silence and the erm and umms are mostly time buyers for the interviewer, who's trying to politely shorten the interview or simply find a bypass to the answer they did not like.
2. Feeling rushed
If the interview is scheduled for a specific interval of time, let's say 30 minutes and you end up being pushed into a 15 minutes call, which was rather vague – you are not imagining it, it does mean that it was bad.
It could be as if this was rather a courtesy call – as the interviewer had already chosen the perfect applicant, or because your initial answers were enough to show you are not the ideal candidate.
3. They ask you the same killer questions
Killer questions are normally asked to sift candidates – the answers to those questions are very specific for the company.
If it happens that you don't answer as per the interviewer's expectations or even stutter, they would either wrap the call up politely or will circle around to those questions again.
The questions are mostly related to what you consider your strength and weakness, your goals, and your salary expectations.
4. They didn't tell you about the role at all
The interview should work both ways, and you as an applicant should be given details about the company and the position.
This would help you position yourself and embrace the culture of the organization. If the interviewer skips that part entirely, it's a sign that they don't see you as a fit.
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Is a 10-minute phone interview good or bad?
So your phone interview only lasted 10 minutes? It is certainly too short to be good unless you are advised in advance that it's a phone screening. Normally a phone interview lasts around 30 minutes and a shorter call means the recruiter made a quick negative judgment of your application.
The screening's goal is to simply compare your answers to the resume you've provided.
It's rare for companies to have phone screening, usually, it's applied for entry-level positions in fast-step service-providing businesses with a large pool of applicants.
The difference between the phone interview and the screening is that the interview is more “in-depth” and its goal is to position the applicant in the company, while the main goal in the screening process is the invitation to move to the next step of the recruitment process.
If you are put off by the recruiter during the phone call, here are some tips on how to decline the job offer politely.