Applying for a job can be one of the most stressful experiences you may go through -- particularly if you apply for a job you really want. In addition to stressing about the exact words to include in a resume or which clothing you should wear to a job interview, you also may begin to wonder about how interested in you a particular organization is. While hiring managers may not explicitly tell you how interested they are, they do give signs that can help you understand.
Watch the interviewer as he conducts the interview. Some signs that indicate that the interview is going well may include extensive note-taking, head nods and smiles. Asking deep and probing questions is also a good indicator that he is making a real attempt to determine the validity of your candidacy.
Pay attention to how the interviewer answers your questions. An interviewer who only takes a moment to answer each of your questions may be indicating that he doesn't believe it is important that you understand all the details about the organization. On the other hand, if he gives detailed answers to your questions, he may be trying to sell you on the company.
Note whether you are invited back for a second (or third) interview. If an organization invites you back for another interview, it means the previous interview went well. Hiring managers do not like to waste time in interviews, so you should feel confident you have been invited for another interview because the manager is interested in you as a candidate.
Note whether you are asked to meet other employees. A hiring manager who introduces you to other employees or who takes time to show you around the building during a job interview is showing you that he is interested. Again, because hiring managers don't like to waste time, they are unlikely to introduce you to others unless they believe there is a chance you may soon work with them.
Notice when employers ask for references and give references when asked. A hiring manager who asks for references may wants them because he plans to contact one or more. Companies do not spend time performing background checks or speaking with references unless they are interested.