15 Things You Never (Ever) Want to Hear During Your Job Interview

15 Things You Never (Ever) Want to Hear During Your Job Interview
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By Mike Simpson

We’ve all been there…

You’re firmly planted in your chair, chest puffed out as you rattle off perfect answers to any interview question the hiring manager throws at you…

“This isn’t so bad!  I’m a shoe-in for this position,” you surely think as the taste of victory fills your mouth and visions of dollar signs begin filling your head.

But then it happens.

The hiring manager says something that changes everything.  And not in a good way.

Sometimes it’s like a hammer slamming down on your dreams, and other times it’s a lot more subtle, but the fact of the matter is that you’ve just realized something has changed.

The interview is over and you’re not getting the job.

There is nothing more discomforting, more off-putting or more discouraging than being in the middle of a job interview and realizing that no matter what happens, the hiring manager has already made up her/his mind.

Here is our list of 15 things you never want to hear during your job interview, because chances are if you have, you’ll probably be continuing your job search when you get home.

P.S. If you want to avoid hearing any of these following things at your next interview check out our job interview tips article.

1) "I called Company X and they've never heard of you."

This can only mean one thing.  That you lied on your resume.  Really?  You actually created a fake position and didn't think that the hiring manager would be doing their due diligence?

I'm sorry (and I mean this in the nicest way possible), but if you make this mistake then you don't deserve to get the job.

2) "I was looking at your Facebook/Twitter page and I noticed that..."

How this sentence finishes is the key to how you should interpret this statement.  In other words, if the hiring manager continues by saying "...I noticed that you had some unflattering things to say about our company," or "...it looks like you are a bit of a party-girl based on the amount of pictures of you with alcohol..." you should probably put some work into interview-proofing your timeline (or at the very least, revisiting your privacy settings).

The moral of the story?  Don't get sunk by being reckless with your social accounts.  Remove anything controversial or things that don't align with the values of the company you are interviewing with.

3) "We only ever hire the absolute best people for the job..."

This one probably surprised you a little bit, but it requires more context.  You see, this statement can be a giveaway that the company you are interviewing with is not necessarily interested in "promoting from within" when jobs open up, choosing instead to head hunt candidates from around the world with hopes of hiring "superstars".

If you see yourself growing within the company and this is a deal-breaker for you, you may want to ask a follow up question (ex. "What is your policy on promoting from within?  When a position opens up, do you look within the company first?")

4) "You've got something on your shirt," or "You've got something in your teeth."

We all know how important first impressions are.  As much as we wish it wasn't the case, a hiring manager can make up their mind about you within the first few seconds of meeting you, so it is absolutely essential that you don't shoot yourself in the foot.

Having good personal hygiene is a no-brainer and therefore basically a deal-breaker if the candidate is lacking in that area.  A quick visit to the restroom is all you need to make sure you are presenting yourself in the best way possible.

5) "Are those sunglasses prescription?"

Unless you wear glasses that happen to be "transitions" (where the opacity of the lens changes based on the amount of light) and you just came into the office from a blazing sunshiney day, leave the Oakley wraparounds at home.

6) "Can I give you some advice?"

It's rare that anything positive ever comes after this question.  Generally speaking, something you have said or done has drawn negative attention to you in the eyes of the hiring manager, and now all that is left to do is respond appropriately.

We recommend that you accept the advice graciously and with a smile... nothing good can come out of a bad reaction.

7) "I'm concerned about the spelling errors in your cover letter and resume..."

If you've made it this far with spelling mistakes in your cover letter or resume, you should consider yourself lucky.  Because chances are you won't even advance past the screening stage.  Triple check every document you submit with a job application.  I'd even get someone else to take a look at your documents.

8) "We experience a lot of turnover with this position."

This should set the off the alarm bells inside your head.  Why is there a lot of turnover?  Is it simply the nature of the position you are interviewing for is there a bigger problem you should be worrying about?

The most important thing to do is get as much information about this as possible.  "What would you say are the largest contributors to the turnover?"  If you don't like what you hear, run for the hills!

9) "Please leave your pet outside."

C'mon... nobody actually brings their pet with them to a job interview, let alone tries to actually enter the interview room with the pet in tow... do they?  Actually... yes they do.  Don't be this person.  Unless you're interviewing for a veterinary position that requires some kind of demonstration on a parrot, leave your feathered friend at home.

10) "We are still interviewing a lot of other candidates."

This is a tough one to hear for a couple reasons.  First of all, we can all agree that job interviews are a numbers game.  The fact that a hiring manager uses the phrase "a lot" when referring to the other candidates just outlines the fact that the odds are stacked against you.

The other drawback to this statement is the fact that the hiring manager made it at all.  After all, if you were at the top of the heap (or even in consideration for the position) would the hiring manager really say this?  Not likely.

11) "We're a startup that is kind of figuring things out as we go along."

While being a part of a startup in the early stages certainly has its merits, this should be a red flag to you.  Do you really want to be part of a company that is flying by the seat of its pants?  What about payroll?  Are they just "figuring that out as they go?"

It sounds ominous, so be sure to ask questions about the areas that concern you (ex. work hours, health and benefits, compensation, etc.)

12) "Are you sure this is the right opportunity for you?"

This is the hiring manager's nice way of saying "You're not the right person for this position based on what I've seen in your resume and this interview."  The best way to answer this question is to be truthful, drawing on examples from your past that show why it's the right opportunity for you.

13) "Actually, my name is..."

FACEPALM!  If you can't get the hiring manager's name right, you just might be unemployable.  OK, that's extreme (as mistakes do happen), but it does help illustrate how crucial it is for you to take the time to learn the details before you go into the room.

This should be done in the days leading up to the interview.  Where is the interview?  What materials are required?  Who am I being interviewed by?

14) "Your supervisor can be tough to get along with."

Believe it or not, hiring managers will let little tidbits like this slip from time to time.  So you should be asking yourself this question.  How badly do you want this job?  Enough to put up with a difficult boss for 3-5 years?

As in previous examples, it is always best to get a little more information about the issue before miking your decision.  What is it about this person that people have found difficult?

15) "We'll be in touch."

Generally speaking, what this translates to is "You're never going to hear from us again."  If a company intends on following up with you and making contact, they will be much more specific about the timeline and method of communication.  "We'll be in touch" is the lazy hiring manager's way of ending the interview without letting you down too hard.

Don't be afraid to ask the hiring manager to clarify the statement.  "Will you be contacting both successful and unsuccessful candidates?" And "When can I expect to hear from you?" are two reasonable questions to ask.

So there you have our 15 things that you never want to hear in your job interview.  There are certainly hundreds of more things that a hiring manager can say that could tip you off to the interview not going your way, and we’d love to hear them in the comment section below!

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98 Comments

  • Mike Simpson

    Reply Reply March 10, 2015

    I remember when I was in my early days of interviewing, a hiring manager actually said to me, “Our company isn’t 100% financially stable at the moment.” I couldn’t believe my ears.

    Did they expect me to be excited about the job I was interviewing for? This didn’t exactly instill a ton of confidence.

    What are some of the things you’ve heard in your interviews that caught you off guard? Or that gave you the impression you weren’t getting the job?

    Let us know.

    • Debbie

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      I just went on an interview today and I asked the manager to describe the job to me. She said it was tedious and boring. I thought that was odd so I asked her what she did in relation to this position and why she thought it was boring. I couldn’t believe it when the hiring manager actually said: “I am glad I am not doing this job. There is no way I would want to.” So, run run for the hills. Incredible.

      • Jeff

        Reply Reply April 28, 2016

        Hahahah that is amazing Debbie.

      • LeRod

        Reply Reply July 28, 2016

        Or was it actually a good job that she wants her nephew to get, so she played you to meet the interview quota while sabotaging all non-nephew applicants? Hmmm…

        Just kidding, who needs that crummy job anyway. Life is too merciless already without that fresh hell.

    • LeRod

      Reply Reply July 28, 2016

      I disagree with a few examples. “We’ll be in touch” “couple weeks” “interviewing a lot of people” etc. I’ve heard all that, FROM PEOPLE WHO HIRED ME.

      Then I do an amazing job for a few years, until I’ve been backstabbed, underpaid/overworked, lied to, and exploited so much that it becomes futile to give a f***, I get a job somewhere else, or just start drinking and stop showing up.

      But cryptic interviewer or not, sometimes the words are actually meant to be taken at face value. Yes, “2 weeks” can just mean 2 weeks.

    • Page Hall

      Reply Reply January 26, 2017

      How about 4 months of onboarding ?
      Is this reasonable in any circumstance ?

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply March 10, 2015

    I’ve got one I used to hear Mike…

    “We’ll keep your resume on file in case another opportunity comes up…”

    (P.S. I’m still waiting for those opportunities to come up…)

    Haha..

    • JMz

      Reply Reply February 7, 2016

      One company I worked for said 90 days. When we needed someone for the team we could go to the Monday HR meeting and look at resumes. This was much quicker than posting an ad (This was pre-Internet) and waiting.

      At another company (this was 5-10 years ago) I’m fairly sure we had to go to our second choice after the probation period for our first choice didn’t work out.

    • LeRod

      Reply Reply July 28, 2016

      Again, that can be TRUE. I’ve had callbacks from jobs that were 3, even 6 months later. I had COMPLETELY forgotten all about ever applying!

      That’s a fun opportunity to (assuming you’re immature, and otherwise gainfully employed) set up an interview and stand that sucker up. Then call back and reschedule. Go ahead! Have some fun with that jerk!

      No, but seriously, sometimes they DO call back MUCH later.

      • Nephitiri

        Reply Reply December 2, 2016

        Yep, just heard back from a job almost 3 months later…they want a second interview.

  • Jason

    Reply Reply March 11, 2015

    I can think of three examples of things I’ve heard that have basically let me know that the interview is over right then and there.. “Can I be honest? I think you’d be bored here.” Was a tough one to respond to. “You’re background is in something totally different than what this job would be.. do you know what you’d be getting into?” Is not as bad to come back from, but it is definitely undesirable… and last but certainly not least, “I think we’ve heard all that we need to hear.” Now, the tone of the interviewer’s voice really comes into play on this one… I’ve heard it both ways and believe me, if you hear it in the negative connotation all you want to do is hide under your bed and never go to another job interview.

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply March 11, 2015

      Jason… those are all tough (and unbelievably frustrating)! Did anything positive ever come out of these situations? Did you ever get the job anyway? Or learn anything from these?

  • Sherie DeGroff

    Reply Reply March 11, 2015

    Hi Jeff and Mike,

    I did get one interview with a hospital for a Storeroom Clerk. I had responses ready during the interview for questions about what examples can you tell us about your achievements, team particiaption, and how did yu handle refusing to allow your supervisor to overlook a clear out-of tolerence finding to be set-aside.

    I thought for sure I would get the position.

    I think they may have hired from within, but I’m not sure.
    hSmething else I’m running into is the employer puts “hiring imediately” and once I get the interviw, I ask will yuu let me know when you make a decision to hire someone whether or not it isn’t me?

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply March 11, 2015

      Sherie,

      With regard to the Storeroom Clerk position… it’s difficult to say what you might have done to give a better interview without knowing everything about how your interview went. There were likely a lot of factors that went into the final decision, including your responses to the questions.

      When you answered the questions, were you listing off your achievements and qualifications or were you tailoring your responses to the hospitals needs? Go have a look at our article Job Interview Questions and Answers 101 for an explanation of this.

      As for the “hiring immediately” situation, do you get a response when you ask them if they will contact you? If so, how do you follow up?

  • PJ

    Reply Reply May 7, 2015

    As a recruiter/interviewer, I have some that I wish I did not HAVE to say to the interviewee!

    1) Hi Joe, our interview time was scheduled 45 minutes ago. Since I know you have a cell phone, why didn’t you call me to let me know you were going to be late? (Of course this was after I found out the candidate was okay) Did I feel like I could trust this candidate to be on time to my client’s interview?

    2) I am looking at your current resume and it has a lot of different companies and dates from your older resume we have in our system Can you tell me which one is the real resume?

  • davp

    Reply Reply November 10, 2015

    Interviewer – “You’re a bit overqualified for this position.”
    Me – “hmmm, I’m Sorry? Thank you? I guess it really depends on what you expect of the position.”

    Still haven’t heard back from them.

  • ScottyB

    Reply Reply January 31, 2016

    I love this article. I have been through a couple of variations of these in the past. My favorite was, “I’ve called this company and they’ve never heard of you.” Not because I lied on my resume but because the guy was an idiot and thought I made up the entire thing.

    I gave him specific names and left. A week later, I got a call from the interviewer’s boss at the firm apologizing on his employee’s behalf. They called me for another interview, I went in, did the interview and they offered to let me meet the other partners at the firm. I said no thanks and left.

    Also, let me add that like another poster I got, “You would be bored here” as well during an interview. I took it as, “You’re over or mis-qualified for this job because it’s not like anything you’ve done.”

    The weirdest interview question I had was at a fancy creative agency. The interviewer said, “Let me see your hands.” Why? She wanted to “read my palms.”

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply January 31, 2016

      Hahaha she read your palm!? That IS weird. What did she see?

      • Allen

        Reply Reply July 7, 2016

        Hello Jeff I had a interview last friday the interview was going really well for 20 min It was going back and fourth with questions. But suddenly someone knocks on the door and tells the Manager they need him for something then the Manager just told me “we’ll be in touch im going to finish interviewing other canidates this whole Mid-week. Thanks for coming”. I felt shocked the way it ended mid-week has past and I still have gotten a call back.

        • Jeff

          Reply Reply July 18, 2016

          Wow Allen that is incredibly unprofessional of them…not to mention frustrating.

  • Rich

    Reply Reply February 9, 2016

    Three cases:

    I. The entire interview team uses the phrase “we” — nobody wants to be the sole bearer of bad news/uncomfortable decisions — the people do not feel you will be part of the team; you are an outsider; man the barricades (w)e = (w)all. Basic psychology here.

    II. If one person deviates and uses (I) while speaking to you, while everyone/anyone else uses (we) = There is some apprehension about your curriculum vitae or suitability from the rest of the team — or it’s not up to them, so they don’t care. The (I) person may be outspoken critic, your your benefactor. Should be easy to figure out.

    III. Everyone uses (I) during all portions of interview. You are probably the leading candidate — It has been noted — in small groups (2-5 people) when faced with introductions, or welcoming to a person to a group, most will stand forward and shake hands. When apprehensive, or looking to isolate someone from a group, people will stand away and make visual signals instead.

  • lydia

    Reply Reply April 7, 2016

    My interviewer ended with a piece of advice…

    “I have a piece of advice for you, don’t lead or do so much for the project”

    It was for a management trainee position.

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply April 7, 2016

      Hmmm… that is an odd one. Generally speaking you don’t want to discourage anyone from being a leader! But in this case, as a trainee, perhaps they really just wanted someone to execute a specific task and not attempt to lead the group (which possible already had a leader).

      Sometimes you just need to be careful not to try and do too much!

      Mike

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply April 16, 2016

    I interviewed for an entry-level office position the other day. When they asked me “Why do you want this position?” I quickly responded with “I believe it will teach me important life skills and help me start my career” in lieu of the obvious and more truthful “This isn’t my dream job, but I need a job!”
    One of the interviewers curtly retorted back “Like WHAT?!” as if my response about learning “life skills” was completely ludicrous. That definitely sent me off-kilter.
    Near the end, when they asked me if there’s anything more they needed to know about me, I briefly summarized all my skills and experience that make me qualified for the position. The interview again, curtly, retorted with “Ya, you already said that.” I hadn’t.
    At the end, when I was being walked out, she said “we’ll be in touch.”

    Yikes! Thankfully, I don’t want the job and will probably not take it if, on the off chance, I’m offered it.

  • Jonathan

    Reply Reply April 27, 2016

    An interesting and somewhat tricky question (i.e. not really prepared for): If you were in [the department head’s] position, why would you not hire yourself?

  • Quarty

    Reply Reply May 11, 2016

    I just had a job interview last week, I felt it went really well. They even discussed if I would be interested in another position with them once the one I was applying for was over. I got a lot of goods and excellents in response to my scenario questions. At the end of the interview they said I would definitely would be hearing from them the following week.

    They did mention they would be calling the following week cause they were still continuing interviews this week. They didn’t give a specific amount such as “a lot”. I also wasn’t able to fully remember everyone’s names. There was four of them, but I did confirm again what their names were and never said anyone’s names wrong.

    Its already half way through the week they told me they would be calling me, I’m a little anxious. In your opinion does it sound like I have a chance?

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply May 13, 2016

      Quarty,

      I wouldn’t be able to accurately assess your chances based on the information given. All I can say is that you have to trust in the process and allow them to get back to you on the timeline they’ve offered.

      Let us know how it goes!

      Mike

  • Myriam

    Reply Reply May 12, 2016

    What if HR manager tells you at the end of the interview: We still need to meet other candidates?

  • Madeline

    Reply Reply May 18, 2016

    Hey Mike,
    Great article! I have a quick question, when you have a minute…
    I had a second interview last week with the owner of a small practice. The position was for their office manager and I did well enough in the first interview to be brought back. I *thought* the second interview went great too–they were even talking about compensation, benefits, and how they think my background and experience would be a great contribution to the position and the practice and it was an overall good fit. However, at the end of the interview the interviewer said “well, I think that this would be a great fit but we are still in the process of interviewing others. We should know by Monday or Tuesday of next week and will be in touch.” It is Wednesday and I haven’t heard back from them. I also gave them the 3 references they asked for and my past supervisor (who I still talk to) said they hadn’t called him for a reference. Should I follow up with them or just assume I didn’t get the position since they didn’t get back to me?
    Thank you for any help you can provide!

    • Mike Simpson

      Reply Reply May 18, 2016

      Great question Madeline!

      First of all, did you manage to read this article?

      Here’s the deal. Sometimes the interview process takes longer than hiring managers anticipate. So it is possible that they are still going through the motions, and the original timeline they gave you has changed slightly. You don’t want to be annoying and bother them while they are still in the thick of it.

      I’d wait until Friday, and if you haven’t heard anything I’d send a follow up email.

      Hope this helps.

      Mike

    • Marybeth

      Reply Reply June 3, 2016

      I would have called them on friday, instead of email.. (which they can ignore more than a call) or even go in person. I have done both and have gotten the job (past jobs now) because of my grandfathers advice.

      Great article by the way, Mike!

  • Kathryn

    Reply Reply May 24, 2016

    I just had an office I her view position. And for the most part I think it went fairly well. There was some laughing and also relation as we both knew a previous boss on my application (in a good way). All questions were asked and answered and answered some ahead of time. But one thing drive me nuts was her phone event off a couple of times but she ignored it until it was a text message. And as I was leaving tried to be polite and out my chair in and open the door to leave but shook her hand and thanked her as I left. When I left there were e employees in the office that arent usually there all together one girl smiled at me and the other guy nodded but I didn’t know if I was supposed to introduce myself so I just smiled and quietly walked out. I didn’t want to interrupt anything they might have been talking about but also didn’t know if they were there to descretly see me. Did I handle this right?

    Kathryn

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply May 25, 2016

      I don’t think there was really any other way to handle that Kathryn… I wouldn’t worry about it.

  • Ka'rynne Parks

    Reply Reply June 4, 2016

    Just had an interview yesterday and the lady asked me if I already knew what she was asking because my answers answered other questions, she told me at the end of the interview that she would let me know today or the beginning of next week. She emailed me today and said it would be next week. then came by and spoke to a co worker and saw me and said she was sorry that she’ll come up with a decision next week, I told her no problem, have a good weekend. Is that a good sign?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply June 7, 2016

      I think you are definitely still in the running…

  • Tonya

    Reply Reply June 7, 2016

    I had an interviewer ask what I currently did, then proceeded to badmouth my current position and company, telling me the way we do things is wrong, we don’t have a good system, that our customers must be very unhappy, and that I was little more than a phone jockey. None of these things are true, for what its worth. I am a level 2 service analyst applying for a level 1 service desk as a lateral move for upward mobility. He also said “I need someone to blow me” meaning of course blow me away. Now had this been once, simple mistake of words, he said it over 5 times. I will not be called back, and if I am, I will refuse the position. Totally uncalled for

  • bryan

    Reply Reply June 27, 2016

    I had an interview last tuesday and everything when well with the interview. They mentioned when would i be able to start and if i would give my current job a two week notice and they also mentioned how much i would get paided. I also wanted your a opinion if they conduct a background check after the interview is that good sign. He also mentioned that the schedule is flexible .

  • Jim Pisello

    Reply Reply June 30, 2016

    “The Candidate needs to fit into our work culture.” AKA..”you’re too old.” Yes, it’s true ageism is RAMPANT in tech, especially amongst the Mlllennial crowd who hasn’t a clue of how to operate in the real world, because they’ve been sheltered their entire life, moving from the bubble of their home, to the bubble of college, to the bubble of their workplace, which BLURS life and work. They only know the people they work with, and their work compratriots are all they know. I have been in many interviews where the hiring team (n their 20s, 30s) literally appeared crestfallen when they noticed I was older.

    Sorry, this never happened in my day ever. We hired on merit and experience, not how many beers you can drain during happy hour.

    I stopped continuing advancing my career in tech, because of that idiotic Millennial mentality.

    • M.W.Hamilton

      Reply Reply January 26, 2017

      Perhaps instead of blaming others for your lack of adaptability within todays work force, you actually take the time to work on yourself and how you fit into your career field? My Great Grandfather said it best when I asked him what his generation thought of the Baby Boomers. “They just wanted to make a better life for themselves and give their kids the things they didn’t have. THEN THEY SCREWED IT ALL UP!” (He’s 94, this is very strong language for him)He then went on about how in his generation his entire family lived in a logging camp in the middle of what is now the Sam Houston National Forest, without any electricity or running water. My Great Grandmother, and her sister who were both there then put in their 2 cents about the Baby Boomers. You seem to be under the (very mistaken) impression that generations before you thought the Baby Boomers were fantastic or some other nonsense. Let me assure you, they did not. Nor do they think Millennials are any worse.

  • Absalom

    Reply Reply July 5, 2016

    Hello sir, last week i had an interview on monday, length 1 hour. I was called back on Thursday for a 2nd interview, length 20 min.
    I was told i would be contacted by Tuesday (today). As of 8am i had not recived a call. Since id been given a biz card with the interviewers cell number, i decided to text the following at 8 am, “Good morning sir, im sure your weekend and holiday went well. Id like to know if there were any updates or is there more information you need regarding my application? Thanks!”
    Response, “We will get back to you. Thanks.”

    Was this a good move on my part? Did i tank my chances?
    Thanks.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 18, 2016

      I don’t think you tanked your chances but you may have jumped the gun a bit. Next time give it a little more time.

  • James

    Reply Reply July 5, 2016

    Any advice on this situation? I am unsure of what the outcome will be, but I have been interviewing with this one company for a couple weeks now. I have had four interviews so far. Two of the people who I have interviewed with I would be working with and to me they seem to like me. In addition to the interviews I also completed a job shadowing to see more of what the office environment would be like and what the job would entail. I have now been trying to have the fifth (and last) interview with one of the VPs but they have rescheduled me four times. After the job shadow I was feeling pretty confident on the job but once I was rescheduled again for this last interview I’m starting to think twice now. I was told I was one out of three candidates and there are two openings. Should I be worried that I keep getting rescheduled by this last person?

  • Melisa

    Reply Reply July 14, 2016

    I had an interview seemed to go really well the owner already new me and previously wanted to hire me.During the interview she mentioned me potentially becoming a supervisor and “leading the pack”.Then she asked what my “bottom line was”keep in mind i have never negotiated money before and even told her so.The job discription said anywhere from $11-$14 per hr,not knowing what to say i said $14 hopeing to negotiate.Everything got weird after that she said that she was looking for 12.50-13.00 an hr which i also agreed too.Left the interview with a “Hug”…kinda weird and she said “She will call me”….what do you think its been a week ive done a thank you email and called and she was out of town on a family thing…what do you think?do i still have a shot?

  • dee dee

    Reply Reply July 18, 2016

    Hello, i had a job interview today. i guess it went well; however, i was told the usual, we have other candidates to interview. however, i asked questions like, ‘what is next in the interview process and she said, ‘we’ll call you if there is a 2nd interview, but what i’ll need from you is a couple of references,here is my business card’. ‘if there is a second interview, we’ll also have a background check and drug screening’, is that good or bad/

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 19, 2016

      It’s tough to say whether that’s good or bad since you asked about the next step in the process..

  • Amy

    Reply Reply July 18, 2016

    Jeff/Mike,

    I interviewed for an internship today with a Forbe’s “100 best places to work” company. At the closure of the interview the HR manager commented that, “There are hard decisions to be made.” The interview itself went well from what I could tell. Does that closing statement mean anything more than what it is? I’m taking it as there is another candidate equally preferred.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 19, 2016

      Hi Amy,

      I would read that comment the same as you. Sounds like you are one of either 1 or more equally liked candidates! Well it’s a decent problem to have! Fingers crossed for you over at interview guys’ headquarters..

  • Ben

    Reply Reply July 21, 2016

    Hi Jeff,

    I was interviewed for a job role yesterday.

    At the end of the interview, the hiring manager said ” you have really done your research about our company” However, he didn’t ask me when I can start but asked if I am bond-able. When I asked the likely time the decision will be taken and the possible location, he told me he has some other candidates he’s going to interview and the location will depend on whosoever he hires, and he will let me know his decision in 3 weeks time. He said I will receive mail giving me an offer or telling me that another candidate has been employed. He also asked me to send him mail if I do not have any response from him after 3 weeks.

    What do you think about his responses? Do I stand any chance of getting the job?

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 21, 2016

      Hi Ben,

      I think you definitely have a chance at this job! Everything the hiring manager said is a good sign. Now of course, one of the other candidates could still beat you out…but it sounds like you did a great job. Good luck!

  • Jenna

    Reply Reply July 22, 2016

    I had an interview that said, I will see if we need to have a 2nd interview or not, I will have to talk to them to find out, and I will have to skip through the interviews, and I will let you know on Thursday or friday if you need a 2nd interview or not she smiled and winked at me shook my hand with doubled hands and said it was great speaking with you? Did I get the job? The job starts this monday its Friday now.

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply July 26, 2016

      Well Jenna sounds pretty good to me!