A common complaint among job seekers: It felt like you nailed the interview, but weeks later you still haven’t heard from the company. Subtle signs during the interview could tip you off that the hiring manager has already decided you’re not the right fit, such as when you’re only asked simple questions.
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On their blog, Glassdoor notes four signs the interviewer might already have made a decision about you and is just going through the motions. Non-challenging questions is the first sign:
It may seem like a dream come true, but when an interviewer pitches you only the easy questions, odds are you’re not seriously being considered for the position. Harder questions — the ones that challenge candidates to think on their feet and solve problems they may encounter on the job — are a way for interviewers to gauge how prepared candidates are for the role and determine if they are a good fit for the organisation.
If you find yourself continuously answering simple questions that don’t give you an opportunity to connect your experiences with the skills required for the job, it could mean the interviewer doesn’t think you’re a strong enough candidate to explore deeper.
For these and the other signs, including the interviewer not telling you about the rest of the hiring process or ask when you’re available to start, Glassdoor offers suggestions to turn the interview around. For the simple questions issue, for example:
What to do about it: Be assertive. Tell your interviewer you have a question and say something like: “In my last position, I was often required to do XYZ. I’ve noticed this position requires similar experience. How does XYZ play into the daily responsibilities of the role?”
Long interviews with difficult questions probably aren’t what you would like to endure, but they could be a better sign that the hiring manager is interested in you.
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4 Signs You’re Not Acing the Interview — And How to Fix It [Glassdoor Blog]