You’ve just got finished your interview. You think to yourself, “Well, it could’ve gone worse.” Short of asking your potential employer, “Did I get the job?” there’s no way to determine your potential fate as a fresh graduate job candidate. However, here are five signs that should give you a clue:
1. Your Interview Takes A Long Time: Hiring managers are busy people. If they’re spending more time with you, it’s because they see you as a potential fit for the job. They will take the extra time to finalize their decision, so sit back, relax, and let them.
2. You Are Asked Back for a Team Interview: This is basically an introduction to everyone who might be working in close contact with you. If you got this far, congratulations! You’re definitely in the running. Being a team player is especially important for startup jobs.
3. They Call Your References: Typically, this is a sure sign they will extend an offer to hire (if your references are good). However, it may also just be protocol for all final candidates.
4. They Tell You About an Open Job or Request That You Bid On a Different Job: This can happen as an internal candidate looking within the company or as a request after you fail to get another job in a company. In either case, something about your application has triggered the manager into seeing you as a perfect fit for another open position.
5. They Begin Salary Negotiations: They will start to discuss compensation and your availability, if they are thinking of extending an offer. Sometimes, if they know they will ask you to join their company, they may even talk up the benefits in order to pre-sell you on the offer.
You can also get some insights into different employers and the hiring process by visiting social networking sites and online job boards. Get more feedback on how different companies relate to their new grad jobs candidates by visiting FirstJob.com or our Facebook page.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.