Multiple people often try to figure out during or at the end of the job interview how to ask if you got the job. If you are thinking about ending your interview by somehow trying to determine how to ask if you got the job, this article is for you. You need to learn how to prepare for an interview – including what NOT to ask.
The short, simple answer around ending a job interview and asking about the job is to NEVER do it. I have had multiple candidates over the years come right how and ask me how they did during the interview, if they think they would be a good fit for the job, and yes even blatantly ask if they got the job as a result of the interview. I hate this. All hiring managers hate this – trust me.
Why is Asking About the Interview Bad
Why is it bad to ask this? The answer is that an interview is meant for you to determine if the job and company is right for you, and for me and my team to decide if you can perform the role, be a good fit for the team, and transform into a future leader at our company. At least half or more of hiring decisions are made after comparing notes and feedback from the interview team long after you have left the building. In these cases, the person you’re interviewing with – even if the hiring manager, won’t have a final decision. Furthermore, asking how you did, or asking if you got the job, comes across as being insecure, desperate, and not confident in your abilities and skills.
This is not just my opinion – Over the course of 25 years every hiring manager always negatively comments if a candidate asks if they got the job. To be quite honest, I very seldom hire people that ask this question. Not necessarily because they asked the question, but because it shows me they aren’t confident, they don’t know the rules of the game, and if they don’t have basic business communication and etiquette even during the interview how will they act of they are part of the organization?
Bottom line – never ask I you got the job either during or after an interview. Wait until you hear back from human resources and don’t but the team or HR with anything other than a post interview thank you letter. Got it?
Asking if you got the job – Bad Job Interview Approach?
YES. Don’t do it. How many times should I say that! I know you want to know how you did, whether you aced it, had a terrible interview, etc. While sometimes you may be able to tell if an interview was bad (and you don’t get the job offer) based on body language and language from the manager, often times this may have nothing to do with you. Managers are people too – they have good days, bad days, and if they are short staffed they are likely under a lot of stress.
Which translates into maybe not giving you positive signals during the job interview. Don’t worry, don’t read anything in to it, and be your best. Be confident, not too chatty, don’t ask them why they are grumpy (I’ve had people do this) etc. – it is YOUR job to stay cool, calm, and collected. You may have a bad interview – in fact at some point in your career you will have several bad or downright terrible job interviews. However, if you follow my advice, learn what to do and how to act during interviews, then bad interviews aren’t your fault. How to ask if you got the job is not difficult. But there is a right way.
Approaching how to ask if you got the job can make a bad interview even worse. It definitely can change a good interview to a bad one as it changes the managers perceptions of you almost immediately.
If a job interview is particularly bad, this is a critical piece of intelligence for you. Would you really want to work at a company, or for the person you’re interviewing with, if the initial interview is bad? Think of what type of culture, environment, or management style these people will have if you join the company. You’d likely be miserable within weeks and be back looking for a job that you enjoy going to every day. So keep in mind that a bad job interview may be a warning sign that the people and company aren’t professional, may not be trained on how to interview candidates, and may have a toxic culture. Use it as a learning experience, but consider it in any decision you make if you get the job offer even after a bad interview.
Cheers – and as always, best of luck in the career jungle out there!