Signs a Job Interview Is Going Poorly
Aug. 31, 2016
One of the most difficult aspects of the already-hard task of finding and landing a health care career is reading how well an interview went. You answered all the questions honestly and to the best of your ability. You did everything you learned from your Graduate Employment Specialist at Concorde. You seemed to get along fine with the hiring manager, had a good rapport and shook hands firmly on the way out. But, can you really determine how you fared? According to an expert in the health care career workplace, the answer is, absolutely. There are many signs that occur during a job interview that go a long way to telling just what the hiring manager is thinking. If you see too many of these signs during an interview, well, best move on to the next listing. âIt behooves you to read between the lines and gauge the interviewerâs actions and responses, so you can shift your approach, presentation style, or better clarify your answers,â Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of âTame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,â said in a February 2015 article in Business Insider. Much can be determined by reading body language, Taylor said, and those subtle cues can tell you exactly how they feel about you as a candidate.
Signs to look for when interviewing for that health care careerThe article listed 15 telltale signs an interview probably wonât end with a job offer. Here are a few highlights.
- The hiring manager doesnât maintain eye contact. If you feel like saying, âHey â¦ Iâm over here!â as your interviewer seems to be looking everywhere but at you, itâs not a great sign.
- They seem distracted. If the hiring manager is texting or checking email, or walking around the room as you speak, itâs not looking good for you.
- The interviewer cuts the interview short. There might be a legitimate excuse, like a personal emergency, but if the hiring manager wraps things up quickly and doesnât explain or apologize, thatâs not a good sign.
- They donât listen carefully to your answers or ask pertinent follow up questions. If you feel like youâre speaking to a wall, try a different tack, such as asking for their opinion on the topic. Once you get the interviewer talking, theyâre more likely to perk up, Taylor said.
- Thereâs little discussion or enthusiasm about your skills, accomplishments or goals. This might seem obvious, but itâs worth mentioning.
- The conversation doesnât flow, and there are lots of pauses or interruptions as you try to respond. Sometimes, the chemistry just isnât there. And, that never bodes well for success in an interview.
- You get the limp handshake. Never a good sign. Still, always be firm with yours.