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Whether you're being interviewed for an adult social work job or a children’s social work job, it can be a real confidence booster if you feel it's going well. There are obvious positive signs, such as being invited for a second interview. But what about other ways to tell that you're making a good impression? Here are our six top tips...

1. Showing positive body language

It's generally accepted that at least 55% of communication is non-verbal. Most of us can tell a smile that's genuine, but it's also worth watching out for more subtle indicators. Is the interviewer sitting back with their arms crossed? Or are they leaning forward to engage with you? Are they making regular eye contact and nodding?

2. Selling you the job

How much detail is the interviewer giving you about the job? Have they related it back to your skills and experience? Do they seem keen to show you that it's the right position for you? These are all signs that they may already be 'visualising' you in the role.

3. Introducing you to the team

Seeing how candidates interact with existing employees is a common recruitment strategy, particularly in social care jobs, where good teamwork is often vital. However, interviewers rarely get other staff involved unless they feel the candidate could be right for the job. So, an invitation to meet the team, either at a first or second interview, could be a really good sign.

4. Looking to the future

If the prospective employer discusses specific future plans with you, it could be seen as a positive. Why would they bother to get into that kind of detail if they didn't think you were a strong candidate for the job? They might even talk about you personally being involved in the plans, rather than 'the successful candidate', which is even better.

5. Checking your availability

Most interviewers ask you when you can take up the position, so it's not necessarily an indication that they're ready to offer you the job. However, if they show willingness to be flexible about your start date, or even ask if there's any way you can start earlier, it could mean they're really keen to have you on the team.

6. Giving you more time

Interviews are usually carefully timed, particularly in social care recruitment, where interviewing staff are usually team managers, service managers or senior practitioners who have very busy schedules. So, if your interview overruns, it's probably because the interviewer thinks you're a particularly strong candidate. They're prepared to spend a bit more time with you to confirm and consolidate their initial thoughts about your suitability for the job.

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