Job interviews are stressful, not least of all because it’s hard to tell if you’re on your way to the next round or being crossed off the short list altogether. In a first interview, it’s very rare for an HR person or hiring manager to offer you a job right off the bat. But there are some signs that you might be getting a call back shortly — or even a job offer. Here are seven to look for:


The interviewer uses “forward-thinking” language. The person you’re speaking with might reveal what they’re thinking through subtle hints. “Listen closely to see if the interviewer is giving you any verbal cues about the future,” notes Amanda Haddaway, author of “Destination Real World: Success after Graduation.” “For example, the interviewer might say things like ‘once you start,’ or ‘when you join the team.’ “