November 29, 2022
Great, you're doing what you should. You have a great resume and a well-redacted cover letter, and you even got past your first interview, but that question... "Will I get the job?" continues to bug you. It's a question that plagues many job seekers; unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, some general things to look for—good and bad—can give you a better idea of where you stand. Here's a quick list of some of those indicators:
If you left the interview feeling like it went well, that's a good sign! Make sure to debrief with your recruiter or interviewer afterwards so that you can get their feedback and find out what precisely they liked about your performance. If they have nothing but good things to say, that's a great sign that you're in contention for the role.
Sometimes, recruiters and hiring managers will ask about your availability before deciding whether you are getting the job. This usually happens when they're trying to fill a role quickly and need to know if you're available to start immediately. If they ask about your availability before extended discourse about the role itself, that's a good sign that you're being seriously considered for the position.
If the interview feels very brief or rushed, that may be a bad sign. Usually, interviews are at least 15 minutes for entry-level positions, and other are 30 minutes so that both parties have enough time to get to know each other and ask/answer questions. If yours was shorter than that, it might be because the interviewer has already made up their mind—and it's not in your favour. However, it's possible that the interviewer is just very busy and doesn't have much time to spare, so don't despair just yet! Instead, follow up with them afterwards and see if they need more information from you.
Many factors go into answering the question "Will I get the job?" but there are some general things to look for—both good and bad—that can give you an idea of where you stand. If you want to increase your chances of getting the job, follow up with your recruiter or interviewer afterwards so that they know you're interested and committed. For now, that's it, but best of luck!