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Job offers are tricky — you never want to get your hopes up too much.
At the same time, there are a number of subtle signs that good news will be coming your way soon.
From an extended interview to early salary negotiations, here’s what to watch out for.
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Job offers can be an ideal stepping stone to better opportunities and a brighter future.
But they’re pretty stressful to wait on.
Maybe you’re relatively sure you aced the interview. But now, hours seem like days and days like weeks as you patiently wait for a formal offer.
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“Fortunately, you can put some of the puzzle pieces together as you decide your course of action during this uncertain waiting game,” Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” told Business Insider.
Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “The Humor Advantage,” agreed.
“While you can never be certain, and you definitely don’t want to get your hopes up prematurely, there are certainly signs that might hint that you’re about to get some good news,” he told Business Insider.
Here are the signs an offer might be coming your way.
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You’re asked to submit to an additional round of interviews.
You may be one of a handful of finalists.
“But if you’ve been asked to have a second round of interviews, that’s an encouraging sign that you’re a serious contender,” Taylor said. “They want to clinch the decision by building consensus among managers.”
The hiring manager tries ‘selling’ you on the company.
A shift from a barrage of questions to a marketing mode is a great sign they want to hire you, Taylor said.
They ask you a lot of personal questions about your family, personal goals, and hobbies.
“Showing an interest in your personal life means they’re seriously considering you, as it demonstrates an interest beyond just the professional résumé,” Kerr said.
But remember you don’t always have to answer personal questions. Some are illegal.
The interviewer nods and smiles a lot during the interview.
They could just be friendly, but an interviewer’s warm demeanor could also be a good sign.
“It may mean they’re comfortable around you and seemed to enjoy the time,” said Taylor.
Nodding can also suggest a genuine interest in what you’re saying.
Your interview is extended.
Did the conversation go way over the amount of time they scheduled? Did the interviewer invite you to continue the discussion over lunch or coffee?
If so, you may have it in the bag.
“Most interviewers make up their mind, whether they admit it or not, within the first few minutes, and so those candidates that they know they will pass on will definitely get a quicker interview,” Kerr explained.
They start to negotiate compensation.
This is a great indicator you’ll be getting a formal offer, said Taylor. “Salary and benefits are usually only with serious contenders.”
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