Have you ever left an interview wondering how to know if you got the job?
Do This When Scheduling the Interview
When the employer reaches out to schedule your interview, ask, “How long should I expect to be there?” It’s a reasonable question. You need to know how to plan your schedule.
Do This Immediately After the Interview
After the interview, check your watch, or phone, or clock — whichever.
Interview Length Matters
The first debriefing question most recruiters ask their candidates is, “How long were you there?” That usually tells us everything we need to know.
If you were there less time than they indicated when scheduling you, it might not have gone so well. The bigger the gap between the expected and actual times, the less likely it is that you’re their perfect ten.
On the other hand, if you were there longer than anticipated, your interview probably went well.
If they added people to your schedule while you were there, that’s good. If they invited you back, that’s good. If you got to the airport and found you’d been upgraded to first class, start studying how to negotiate your job offer.
Follow Up After the Interview
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