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You can leave a job interview feeling good about your performance and your chances of getting the job. However, it's not always easy to gauge the reaction and thought process of the interviewers. To help determine whether the company might be seriously considering making you an offer, there are several indicators to watch for.
Reference and Background Check
Employers sometimes ask for your references or indicate they are going to perform a background check if they are seriously considering you for the position. Both are likely indicators that the employer believes you have the necessary skills and qualifications for the job and have the personality to fit into the company's work environment. At this point, the employer is willing to spend the additional time and possible expense to ensure there is nothing in your past that could derail your candidacy, such as a criminal conviction.
An interviewer might broach the subject of salary near the end of the interview if she is seriously considering you for the position. By this time, the interviewer is convinced you are a top candidate but wants to be sure that your salary needs fit into the company's parameters. However, if the salary subject comes up early in the process, such as during an initial interview with human resources, it could simply be a screening mechanism to weed out unaffordable candidates.
The interviewer might make a point of introducing you to other members of the organization at the conclusion of the interview. This can include the interviewer's immediate superior, other potential team members and even the president or owner in a smaller organization. You could get an extended tour of the facility and a glimpse of your projected work area. If your intended supervisor is someone other than the interviewer, you might also get to meet the individual and perhaps spend time with him.
Your interview might be scheduled to last a certain amount of time, and exceeding the time limit could be a positive indicator. You could be engaged in a pleasant conversation with the interviewer that extends to areas beyond work, such as hobbies and personal interests. The interviewer might also attempt to pin down your date of availability and make hypothetical plans for the early stages of employment while seeking your input.