Picture this: you are on a video interview with two hiring managers. One of them is looking at you, making notes and nodding often. The other is looking at you and has asked a couple of questions. Then it happens. That second person yawns.
You are a bit taken aback but you keep rolling along. You spend a bit more time looking at the interviewer who seems more engaged. Then it happens again. The yawn. By the third yawn, you are questioning why you are even there.
On the way home, you are battling in your mind. Was it a big deal or a small deal? Tiny red flag or monumental deal killer?
According to Carol Blades, Master Facilitator at LHH Knightsbridge, this is a form of micro-aggression and it is definitely a sign that things will not work out.
Even if one half of the hiring team loves you, the other half is just not that into you.
You can come to the same conclusion if that person cannot seem to remember your name or turns a shoulder to you instead of facing you.
Even if all the stars align and the company makes you an offer, you will have a long and uphill battle to win that yawner over.
The bottom line is that you need to take interviewing seriously. You need to do your research on what the company is looking for and be clear about what YOU are looking for. Be able to articulate with confidence on both.
In your post-interview assessment, pay attention to the little red flags and the big ones. Decide carefully on if and how you want to proceed with the process.
Don’t ignore your gut on this – it’s too important.