How can you tell if

United States
March 12, 2009 8:03am CST
Hi everyone! The day before yesterday I had my first job interview ever. Are there any clues that would tell me the interview went good or bad? I was very prepared for the interview. I was dressed appropriately, I had my resume and cover letter ready (4 copies just in case I needed extras because I knew I would be interviewed by more than one person), I kept eye contact with both interviewers, I tried to be as honest as I possibly could be with the questions that were asked, I asked intelligent questions related to the job. At one point I even had the interviewers laughing. I'm thinking that the interview went well, but I am still nervous that it might not have. There is a waiting period before I will be notified if I got the job.
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@panmin (91)
• China
13 Mar 09
since u have prepared everything ready and u said your interview was quite good,there would be no need to worry about...u did very well ,i don't know what things will be like if we change role.sometimes i just could not be brave enough.i want to overcome myself...
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• United States
13 Mar 09
I think deep inside you are a very brave person! You were brave enough to answer my post weren't you? In my opinion, it takes some bravery to post a comment and let your views or advice be known! Sometimes even though we're not feeling very confident we have to dig deep down inside and pull out that reserved confidence. It really helps having so much support as you have all shown. I'd like to invite everyone to add me to your friends list in here. It is my personal opinion that a person can never have too many friends or have too much support when it comes to important life issues as are discussed in MyLot.
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@panmin (91)
• China
14 Mar 09
wow,thank u !!indeed,i am brave enough when i was outside the classroom. i am not bad than any others,but i just could not help to be nervous when i stood in front of the class.i know really that i should dig it deeply,and i will try! today i am so happy because i surpassed my original goal and coz i saw your message.thank u a lot! fighting!!
@longever (13)
• China
13 Mar 09
My friend,good luck to you ! Your are optimistic and open nature,you can got it ! New York is a great city, it likes a beautiful lady in my heart. Best withes.
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• United States
13 Mar 09
I've only lived in NY for about 6 1/2 months now. I've seen three seasons and they are all absolutely beautiful! The Erie Canal runs straight through the town I live in and I'm looking forward to walking along the path that they've designed for this purpose. I am so looking forward to this summer when we can start going to the local attractions. A new job would be just the ticket also! I originally moved to NY from PA due to the employment situation in the area of PA where I lived. I experienced dozens of layoffs and was stuck working through a temp agency. There were no such thing as benefits and the pay reeked also! I'm hoping that optimistic open nature you spoke of shown through in my interview and made a good impression!
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
12 Mar 09
Its hard to say. For me all my interviews I have ever had I could almost tell if they would hire me or not. When I got the job they would after the interview instead of making me wait would go ahead and tour me through the facility. With jobs i didn't get they would say thanks for coming in we will give you a call. Some jobs though are different. My fiance went to an interview once where he had to wait weeks before actually being called but the company is such a big company that thats the process. DOnt worry so much. Its not a bad idea though to keep looking else where. If they don't call you after a month though then that would seem like a cutoff point for me. GOod luck
• United States
12 Mar 09
I've already got another part time job lined up that will be paying $13.50 and hour, but it's only a 9 week job and 21 hours a week after the first training week. Also the company I applied to was JP Morgan Chase. I've applied for a telephone banker position they had open locally.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
12 Mar 09
Well at least your earning more than me. I wish I could earn 13.50 an hour. I got a raise last year of only 25 cents. I would quit but i have to have something to fall on cause i have a child.
• United States
12 Mar 09
The job that is paying $13.50 an hour is only for 9 weeks and I have to use my own car too. This means extra wear and tear on my car and more miles. The job I reallt want is the one that pays $10 an hour and is steady work in an office environment instead of being stuck in a factory. I have never been paid more than $9.00 an hour and have never had any benefits, retirement fund, 401K or anything like that.
• United States
12 Mar 09
Sounds like you had your bases covered, and was very prepared. This is unusual in this day and age. What does your gut tell you? That is where your answer lies.
• United States
12 Mar 09
When I left the interview I was like "Whew! That seemed to go well!" but now I'm not so sure because this was my very first interview and I'm not quite sure how they're suppose to go. The interview conversation flowed smoothly so I'm assuming this is a plus.
• Philippines
12 Mar 09
lol, hi twisted. hope you don't mind me barging in because i have the same dilemma too. my interviewer was kind of amused by how well our interview went. according to my friend, who work in the Human Resources, she told me that i am most likely to be accepted because she told me that if the interviewer "feels" you or likes you - he or she will give you the chance to have the job. but it's been 2 weeks now. so i guess i didn't qualify. lol
• United States
12 Mar 09
totallyundecided did you feel confident after the interview? I think one of the main things that made me feel so confident that the interview went well was the fact they asked me if the hours I would be working would be suitable for me. I'd told them they'd be excellent since I could eliminate paying a babysitter since my fiance` would be home when my youngest child got home from school.
@tav_8164 (151)
• United States
13 Mar 09
It has been my experience that in the past, if I had a good interview I would be hired on the spot. I have never gotten a call back, and when I have called them back to find out if I was hired I have been told that the position has been filled. I wish you the best of luck, and definately keep us posted or at least let us know:)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I guess every interview is going to go a little bit different. As it's been suggested I am going to follow up with a thank you note. Since this is a huge banking system I'm sure they had more people to interview. Unfortunately this does help with the nervousness does it?
@tav_8164 (151)
• United States
16 Mar 09
no I am sure it doesn't but I wish you the best of luck all the same:)
@23uday (2998)
• India
13 Mar 09
Hi friend, Attaining an interview we have maintain some rules were wear formal dress wear shoe talk with confidence be brave don't afraid Tell loudly and perfectly be confidence When telling see eye to eye contact with interviewer. We have to answer a perfect and confidence when interviewer asks any question we can answer anything with confidence. be happy.
• United States
13 Mar 09
Ok say you did all those things. Then you could say the interview went very well and you might have a chance at the job? This is an entry level job. Does that mean that if someone has experience they're going to get chosen over me for example?
@bamrahkirti (1819)
• India
13 Mar 09
From your post it is appearing that you have hit the bulls eye.Keep your fingers crossed and think positive.Though it was your first interview but you managed it quite well ,hats off to you. I wish you best of luck for your job.
• United States
13 Mar 09
Being that this was my very first interview and if I indeed managed to ace it, I think it will give me more confidence in my job performance also. Having a background where I was laid off so much makes me very aware that any job that you can manage to hang on to in this economy is an asset no matter if it pays $8, $10, $15, or more! When I hear people that hold jobs that pay well complain, I think to myself "How dare you complain! There are people out here that would just love to have your job!"
• United States
13 Mar 09
I think it would be difficult to tell, because sometimes you might think you did well in interview and never have a call back. It's all depend on what the company is looking for, if you don't fit what they need, no matter how well the interview might go, you may not get the job.
• United States
13 Mar 09
I am thinking I did everything I possibly could to be prepared, and I do realize no matter how prepared I was and even though the interview seemed to go well I may not get that call back. But now I have some experience in interviewing and if I don't get hired for this position maybe the next one I apply for will be more favorable.
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@marciascott (25557)
• United States
13 Mar 09
It sound like th Interview went very well. Good Luck and I hope you get the Job, I am sure you will just keep thinking possitive! You think possitive there will be Possitive! Have a good week-end!
• United States
13 Mar 09
Wow again! Everyone has been so supportive! Thank you for all for posting and rooting for me! Again, it's going to be really hard to pick a best response. You've all given best responses in my book! With all the support how can I help not being positively optimistic?
@lynnemg (4540)
• United States
13 Mar 09
It sounds to me like you interviewed well. I think that the fact that you were well prepared, and got them to laugh are good signs. Think positive here, and if you feel that you did well, then yu probably did. Be sure to follow up with a thank you note, before the time comes when you should hear from them. This is a simple way to remind them of you, and to show courtesy and appreciation for their time.
• United States
13 Mar 09
I definitely will be following up with that thank you note. I know that's one of the things I've read about in all the job hunting tutorials I've read. And you are so right that it is a good reminder to them that I'm still here!
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
12 Mar 09
At the very least, call it a success because you have now got one under your belt, so to speak. It gets easier just knowing a little more of what to expect. Based on what you say here, I would say you did rather well. They are likely to remember you since you made them laugh. They were surely impressed with your preparedness as that is an important trait to have in an employee. I wish you well. Let us know your results.
• United States
13 Mar 09
Wow! That's one way to look at it! I guess when you stop to think about it, it was successful. Definitely will know more of what to expect next time. One of the things that really impressed me with this company is there is major room to grow. I applied for a telephone banker position. But they offer classes within their company and the have a college type program also. I went over their website very well and prepared questions to ask them from it. I wrote the questions down so I wouldn't forget what questions I wanted answered.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
12 Mar 09
Are they interviewing more people for the job? They may not know who they're going to hire until they finish their interviews. Then it will depend on how you compared with the other applicants. It sounds like you did everything you could to make the interview go well, and I'm sure the interviewers will appreciate that. Not knowing the type of job you were interviewing for, it's hard to say if you'll get the job, but you can feel good knowing you did everything possible from your end. You just never know exactly what the employer is looking for. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and no matter what the outcome, you'll be ready to deal with it.
• United States
13 Mar 09
I interviewed for JP Morgan which is a huge bank. The bought up WAMU (Washington Mutual) when it went under at the beginning of the stock market crash. There was one other girl that interviewed at the same time I did and I'm sure there were others. I had the choice of having my interview in the morning or in the afternoon. I also tried to be as prepared as I possibly could. Tried to cover all angles. Hopefully I did it the right way.
12 Mar 09
Did they give u any clues when you left the interview? When I got my current job, the applicant before me was simply told "we'll be in touch" whereas I got a "it was so good to meet you, we'll be in touch very soon" I knew then that I had the job and sure enough, a few hours later, I was offered it. It sounds to me like u interviewed really well, if you feel like u have got it then u probably have.
• United States
12 Mar 09
I also got the "it was nice meeting you". Also towards the end of the interview the lady that was half of the interview team said something about if you are chosen for this position you'll get a phone call. Sometimes, depending on how busy she is the recruiter phones within 24 hours. I didn't get that 24 hour phone call.
@skyblue (1300)
• India
12 Mar 09
Hi twistedangellinda What a great preparation.Dont worry, always believe in god.Every thing will be all right.Always keep faith on your self.Some lines for you.. "Impossible does not mean , nobody cant do that. Thats means, still nobody cant try it. We born to break the limit. You are the one." So always he happy and concentrate on your work... happy mylotting..
• United States
12 Mar 09
Thank you for the boost of confidence! I've also put my name in loads of places including a managerial position at McDonald's. With jobs being so scarce even a job at McDonald's is better than nothing.
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
12 Mar 09
I would say that if you have not heard from them by tomorrow night, you probably didn't get the job...
• United States
12 Mar 09
I was thinking pretty much the same thing. If it is meant to be I'll get the job. I got the impression they had others to interview throughout the week. And April 6 was mentioned as a specific date during the interview when we were talking about the benefits pkg.
@bubbletush (1334)
• Philippines
12 Mar 09
I used to interview applicants in our office. Looks like you did well and you seem to feel at ease with the interviewers. The waiting period is mainly because there are other applicants that the company is taking into consideration. You've already got an edge because of the good interview. It will be a matter of how you will fare with other applicants in terms of other qualifications and who amongst the shortlisted applicants will be more fit to fill the job. Good luck!
• United States
12 Mar 09
Cool that your in the know from the other side of the table. This is a entry level position and I have had personal life experience as well as employee experience in a lot of areas that they asked questions in. I was also thinking since I had them laughing at one point that this was also a plus towards the interview. I was far more relaxed than what I expected to be! I wasn't nervous at all!
• Canada
12 Mar 09
It can be difficult to tell. In my last job interview, I spoke with one person first, who I seemed to hit it off with, and then a group of people second, who had advice for me on how to interview better next time lol. Turns out, the first person I spoke to didn't think I was great for the job, and the second interview, where I thought I did horribly, ended up landing me the job. I guess if you have confidence in your answers and qualifications, and they seemed pleased with your answers, you should be in the running. They're basically looking for that impression that you know what you're talking about, and that you will be capable. Not just throwing out the right buzz words.
• United States
12 Mar 09
Wow! Go figure! I guess you really can't tell can you. I think I won a brownie point when I told the one interviewer that I was impressed with the companies credentials and that I was impressed that they have been riding out the stock market fiasco where other banking industries are going under. Thank You everyone who has responded so far! It's going to be hard to choose a best response! Wish I could choose all of you!