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If you are nervous throughout a job interview, you may not have picked up on the small clues that the interview has not gone as well as you would have liked. While you may have a hard time reading the employer’s facial expression and tone of voice, there are some indications that could mean that the interview did not go well. However, each employer and interview differs and should be judged individually. The employer may simply forget to ask for your references, rather than think you are a bad candidate.
Lack of References
It is common for an employer to ask you for a list of references from previous employers, professors or teachers that can confirm your skills and expertise. This action often indicates that the employer wants to learn more about you, and wants to consider you for the job position. The interview may not have gone well if you are finishing up the second interview and the employer has yet to ask you for references. The Career Builder website suggests that the employer does not want to spend time on checking an applicant’s references, if he is not being considered a valid candidate for the job.
Meeting the Team
If an employer is genuinely interested in you as a candidate, he may take the time to introduce you to other key players on his office or company team. This is often the purpose of a second interview. The employer wants to see how well you mesh with the existing set of employees. If you have not met any of the other workers during the second or final interview, the employer may not be considering you for the position. Based on the information you have provided during the interview, the employer may have already decided that you do not fit in.
Rounds of Interviews
While some companies simply have one interview to screen all of the candidates and make a decision by choosing the best fit, other companies have rounds of interviews. If you have been informed that there will be two or more rounds, you should be prepared to receive a phone call after the first interview. However, some employers choose not to contact those who did not proceed, so if you have not heard anything within five to seven business days of the original interview, then you may not have proceeded. The time period for receiving a phone call depends on the employer’s preferences.
Another sign that your interview did not go as well include the employer ending the interview before it's time. If you start talking about vacation time, asking about employee benefits or asking about the salary, the employer may assume you have a lack of genuine interest in the job at hand. This could be another factor in you not being considered for the position or proceeding to a second interview. A further sign could be the employer's lack of interest in your answers, or a physical sign, like fidgeting with documents and papers.
Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.