Early last week I had an interview with a company I applied to some months ago. They finally had a position that matched my experience, skills, and my interests.

So often when you have a job interview, it’s difficult to gauge how you did. You go, you answer questions, you ask some questions, then you leave and wait – and sweat.  Even if you get the job you have no idea how your competition did. If you get the job, you probably did better, but you may have the job by default because the competition didn’t want i  – a thought that could play havoc with your self esteem.

I came across two articles yesterday. One,  by Dana Schwartz was entitled, “4 Indicators Your Interview Went Wel.l”  This was linked to another by R Ritika Trikha , 8 Signs That You Aced Your Job Interview” The web reference  for both of them is

I thought this would be a good checklist for me to analyse my impact at the interview that I had, but I also thought it could be a good checklist to have in mind on my next interview, if I need it, to help me guide my interviewer  to “YES’ when it comes to hiring yours truly.

  1. 1.    They Discuss Your References:

I always instruct my clients not to put their references on their resumes. I tell them to prepare a separate list, and be prepared to give it at the interview. I tell them that if they’re asked for references , there is a god chance they had a good interview. My interviewer went a step further. She asked what my references would say about me. What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses. That took me by surprise.

 I told her that they would say that I could walk on water.

 “What about  your weaknesses,” she asked.

 “They would definitely say, ‘Walking on water wasn’t built in a day,’” I said.

 2.    They Ask Hypothetical Questions:

Both writers offered this as a strong indicator that they are interested in investing in you as their candidate. Rather than asking,“Can you travel?” they may soften the question by asking, “If we were to ask you to travel one week of every month, could you do that?” I had some variations on this theme. Rather than saying, “You’ll need to get a criminal record check if you haven’t had one done recently.” And then she went, almost apologetically, the reasons for it. She could have said “You need a criminal record check.”

I thought that was positive (although she didn’t offer to pay for it.)

3. Talking about the Ex- or other Employee

Sometimes mentioning another employee means that they’re sizing you up to see who you might get along with in he company. This could be a strong indication that you’re a potential success.

This didn’t happen with me as I would be filling a new position. Instead, we had a long conversation about company culture and why this company prided itself on being a great place to work.

4. Shooting the Breeze

If you walked away feeling like you simply chatted for about an hour—chances are they like you. If there is laughter and joking, there is a good chance you’re entering their company culture.

In my case, we had a conversation laced with humour.  I was able to share a lot of information, and oddly so did she.  I was sure to mention this in the Thank You Letter I wrote and sent a few days later.

5. Unexpected Introductions

I have had interviews where I was paraded around to be introduced to key people. In my interview this didn’t happen. It did, however, happen before the interview where people came into the waiting room.

6. Mirroring Gestures

We leveraged our non verbal body language to good effect. When she leaned forward, I leaned forward. When she leaned back, I leaned back. When I told a story, she listened, and when she told a story, I listened. We made good eye contact.  Although everything was subtle, I felt as if I had a strong abdominal workout that day.

7. Interview Goes into Over Time

Rats! It was exactly an hour, and I didn’t ask how much time to allot when I was called in.

8. Clear About Hearing Back

Simple: if they’re into you, they’ll at the very least tell you exactly when they’ve made a decision or require a second interview.

I was told I would be contacted this coming week about a second interview.

In all, I believe  I had a good interview. I need to be cautious, though. Years ago I thought I had a great interview. I received a phone call that evening. I was told that there was no way I would be hired by that agency, although she wondered if I would be available for a date with her.

Mike Broderick WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he FOUND employment for people with physical disabilities.
He remains an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at  or at 604-464-4105
If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates .
Apparently 22% of companies in the Greater Vancouver area will be hiring within the next month. Get your resumes ready.



  1. energywriter Says:

    Good info. and – – I’ve never been asked on a date by a potential employer. Wow!

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