14 Signs That You Are About To Be Offered A Job

Just as we live in a world of uncertainty – that you can never be sure of what the next minute holds, there are some indices that raise our hopes. For job interviews, you may think that you gave it your best, and answered all the questions as you should, but in the end, it seems it didn't play out well. But, you don't just want to give up on your hopes, there are signs that might hint that some good news may be coming your way.

Here are 14 signs that an offer might be coming your way:

1. The interviewer nods and smiles a lot during the interview

While you should not take all smiles as good during interviews, smiles and nods generally connotes friendliness and warm demeanor. If your interviewer nods and smiles, it may mean that they are comfortable around you and enjoy the time. Nodding can also suggest a genuine interest in what you are saying.

2. Your interview is extended

Interviewers don't have all the day with you. They probably have a lot of people waiting to be called in. But if the conversation extends more than amount of time scheduled, or perhaps the interviewer invites you over lunch, then you may have it in your thoughts that you're about to be employed. Extended interviews could mean that they enjoy the discussion with you.

3. They ask you a lot of personal questions about your family, personal goals, and hobbies

Not everyone is interested in your family and personal life. Why should your interviewers be? But if your interviewer shows interest in your personal life, family, personal goals, and hobbies, it means they're seriously considering you, as it demonstrates an interest beyond just the professional résumé. But remember that you don't always have to answer personal questions.

4. They start to negotiate compensation

When interviewers start negotiating compensation with you, this is a great indicator that you'll be getting an offer soon. Salary and benefits are usually only with serious contenders.

5. The company begins a discussion about start dates

Once it gets to the stage that the interviewer begins discussion about start dates, you can say that the interview is wrapping up and it means well for your future employment. If you heard "We want to have a person in place by X date," then that's good news. Most employers won't divulge that unless they're very interested.

6. They introduce you to other managers and peers and give you an office tour

Don't take this as a courtesy that they would extend to everyone, if they don't think you could fit in. They won't introduce you to others if they are not considering you. It may also be an avenue for you to hear other employees talk about their experience working in the firm – sort of a selling point, that they want you to know and be impressed with.

7. The employer asks for references or tells you that they'll be conducting a background check

Not all companies will inform you that they're going to contact your references or start the background-checking process, but if a hiring manager asks for references or tells you that they will be conducting a background check, it is an obvious sign that you are a serious candidate in contention. These are among the last steps before presenting you with an offer.

8.You're asked about your interview status

If the hiring manager ask you about other firms you're interviewing with or other job interviews you have gone for, it means they may be trying to sell to you why they're a better choice. And these are good indicators that they're after you, seriously considering you and concerned they might lose you to someone else if they don't make an offer soon. Be cheerful.

9. They ask you to hold off on accepting any other job offers

If the employer knows that you've been offered a job — or jobs — elsewhere, and they're about to make an offer of their own but have to wait on paperwork, approval, etc., then they may ask you not to make any decisions just yet.

Language like "Please be patient with us while we get everything in order" or "We know you've been offered employment elsewhere, but we hope you're still interested in working here and can wait a few more days before making any decisions" is their way of saying, "Hold on! We're about to offer you a job!"

10. Your interviewer asks how you can best be reached

'We will get back to you' is the everyday language we hear at job interviews, but if the hiring manager asked you how best you can be reached or what time is convenient for a call or meeting, then it could mean that they will call you. But it could also be a formality, so don't read too much into it.

11. You're asked to come in for an additional round of interviews

You may be one of a handful of finalists. But if you've been asked to return for a second round of interviews, that's an encouraging sign that you're a serious contender. The additional round of interviews may just be to make the final decision about your employment and build a consensus among other managers.

12. You find out that the company has checked references

Companies at times won't check up on your references if you are not on their consideration list, and very close to being employed. If the employer was able to get more than the basics about you from a prior boss or other reference, you might be fortunate enough to hear back from your reference.

13. Managers, the CEO, or Employees add you as a connection on LinkedIn And Other Social Networks

It's normal for the HR manager to check you out on LinkedIn, but if the CEO or a bunch of employees begin requesting to connect with you or start following you on Twitter, then this may be a sign that they've decided to hire you but haven't officially made the offer yet.

14. You have a good feeling

Our instincts are good ways of positivity. Do you have a really good feeling about the interview? Or just being confident and positive? Well, it may be a good sign that you will be getting an offer.
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