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Was This a Good Interview?




A person wrote describing the particulars of the conversation with the hiring manager and want to know if they had had a good interview?  . “I went on an interview this afternoon and answered several questions (It’s a 2nd interview for this person). At the end of the interview, I was told how many people they were hiring and was told I was in the top 10.  The hiring manager also told me the salary and the reasons why one guy wasn’t going to make it.  Was this a successful interview?

The answer is, in a nutshell, yes!  It sounds like a successful interview.  However, I want to point out that they may plan on interviewing more people, we don’t know how many jobs were involved (later, I learned that there were 10 positions open).  If there was one job open, I would say no.  But I’m going to assume that she has multiple positions open because she confided in you.  I believe she can pop by writing you because she spoke about this other person wasn’t going to make the grade and what was wrong with them, discussed a number of positions… That’s behind the scenes/personal kind of “stuff; ” any sort of dialogue like this that you have with the hiring manager is a signal of interest.  After all, using a theorem I mentioned very early video I did, the more they talk, the more they like you.

Just recognize that her willingness to “reveal” her thinking and talk about this other person, what her plans were, perhaps, what her timeline was for making the decision was and they hold close to value things, is an indication of interest.


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