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What Does It Mean When The HR Team Wants To Talk After An Interview?

When you have applied for a job and given a few rounds of interviews, the waiting period is the most trying and worrisome period ever. You don’t know how you have performed, whether you are likely to make it to the next round or not, whether you are going to hear back from the company or the HR team or whether you got the job or not.

The questions and possibilities are numerous and a stressed out and overthinking mind doesn’t help to make better the situation of impending doom. While a good resume, letters of recommendation, good scores in educational qualifications, and good positions in known companies make you an excellent candidate for any job or position that you apply for, everything finally boils down to how well you have performed in the interview and group discussion rounds.

The number of rounds in an interview

There may be a few rounds before you get the job. Now most companies or firms don’t get back to the applicants and candidates who have not made it through to the next round or gotten the job. Since processing applications take a long time and are tedious, the company isn’t under any obligation to keep updating you, and they only get back to the ones who have made it further or gotten the job. So in most cases, if the HR Team or some officials handling the application process get back to you and want to have a talk or discussion after an interview, it is usually a good sign.

Usual Responses From The HR Team After You Have Just Finished Giving Your Interview

Giving the interview and taking part in the group discussion rounds are just half of the entire process. The immediate response from the HR Team, the interviewer, or the company management team can give you a hint as to how you’ve performed and if they are interested in you and might give you the job. In comparison, the actual words or phrases that they might say not give out much information but the non-verbal cues such as their hand gestures, attitude, body language, facial expressions, tones, among others, might tell you how you have fared in their minds.

Some common responses irrespective of your performance are:                                               

“We’ll be in touch.”- This may or may not mean that you’ll be hearing from them about the successive rounds of interview or discussion or if you have made it through and got the job. Depending upon their intonation, voice modulation, and other non-verbal cues, it could be seen as a good sign as well as bad.                                                                                   

“I don’t want to take up too much of your time…”- This can either mean that you’re in or out. If they really like you and have already made up their minds, they might have a later discussion to discuss the start date, expected salary, all roles, and responsibilities, among other things. But this can also mean that they do not like you as a candidate and your profile and are no longer interested and do not want to further invest their precious time with a candidate they know didn’t cut. 

Some more common responses   

“We have a few more candidates for screening, so we’ll update you as the process unfolds.”- This means that although they liked you and you did impress them and leave a good impression, they are not 100% sure about you. If they find a better candidate, they might go with them, but they are definitely considering you, and you aren’t out of the race or competition just yet. There’s a good chance they might get back to you and that you might hear from them soon.

“If you don’t get selected for this position, would you be interested in the [X] position?” – Depending upon your resume, your profile, and your interview or discussion round, the HR team or the interviewer or the employers might find you suited for a different position in the company. It is advisable not to say a straight no but hear them out and listen to what they have to say. If they offer you a different role or position that you might be interested in or can see yourself doing, you can do that and go ahead with it. If you do not want to switch roles and have backup options available with a different company and do not depend on this particular job, you can say no and move on ahead.

If the HR Team Contacts You after the Interview

Suppose you’re one of the lucky few and gave an amazing person interview process and made a good impression, and got hired for the job. In that case, the hiring manager Team will get in touch with you to deliver this amazing and joyous news personally and also set up another meeting or discussion to discuss the start date for the new job, the salary structure, other perks and bonuses, the exact roles and responsibilities, the team that you’ll be assigned to and the like.

It is also possible that during this meeting itself, you will be introduced to your supervisor and team lead, the immediate person who’ll oversee your work, and the rest of the team members. You can also discuss the little yet important details such as the work hours, office timings, holidays and leaves, other perks and bonuses, conveyance, the minimum time before which you can’t leave or quit the company and other funds among other details.

Sum up

Make sure you email or call so you can answer your queries and doubts about the hiring process before you sign and accept the offer letter. In case there’s anything on your mind, ask beforehand itself. You can also enquire about the work culture and the history and growth of the company to make sure that you have made and follow the right decision to join this company. It’s better to do it before and carefully read the offer letter, every word of the document before signing. You wouldn’t want to regret your decision later.

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