How to Interpret 7 Common Things Job Interviewers Say

Businessman and businesswoman talking in office
Businessman and businesswoman talking in office


By Alison Green

Job seekers tend to overanalyze everything that happens during the hiring process – from how long it takes a company to respond to their application to how friendly the person calling to schedule an interview sounds. But what they analyze more than anything are the specific words they hear from interviewers. As a workplace advice columnist, my mail is full of letters from people asking what their interviewers meant by remarks as simple as "we'll be in touch soon" or even "good luck."

Here are seven of the most common things interviewers say that job seekers either misinterpret or read too much into.

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