Last month, we were informed by a colleague about a job interview he went on. He believed the interview process went well enough and got a very good feeling about the back and forth conversation that was taking place. However, as the interview ended, the job interviewer asked him a very interesting and unexpected question.

“How about those Raptors?”

Our colleague was only too happy to discuss his glee about the Toronto Raptors having recently won the NBA Championship. But in addition to the joy involved with discussing his favourite basketball team, our friend pointed out that, at the very moment the conversation went casual, he knew he had nailed the job interview and secured the position within the company. He wasn’t wrong. He received a call from his interviewer with a job offer two days after the interview.

There are particular things that take place within a job interview that help you to know whether or not you’re a shoe-in for the position. And a lot of it may have nothing to do with the actual job itself. The Hire Value Inc. Blog has dedicated many a post to the concept of company culture as it can never be overstated that a person’s ability to mesh well with the current makeup of a company’s team plays a huge role in his/her chances of joining it.

“The meat of an interview is going to be all business — after all, that’s how an interviewer determines whether or not you’re well-suited for the job,” writes Emily Moore on, “But if, after that, things veer towards the conversational, that’s a great sign.”

Whenever “if” is replaced with “when”.

Moore also notes that hearing the word “when” is a key signifier in whether or not a candidate will be offered a job position. To be clear, when an interviewer says “when you begin working here” or “when you need help, you can always come speak to me”, take this as a positive sign. Phrases like “if we offer you the position” or “if we give you a call” sound a lot worse by comparison, don’t they?

“Interviewers try not to get candidates’ hopes up, so they’ll often speak in generalities like ‘the person in this position would do XYZ,’ or ‘if hired, you would start at this time,’” informs Moore, “But if they strongly believe that you’re the right person for the job, it may unintentionally come across in their word choice.”

 “Let me show you around.”

So…your interviewer is offering you a tour of the facilities? How great is that? Why would you be taken around to meet other employees and see the workspace if you weren’t expected to join the fold? If your interviewer offers you a tour of the building, there should be no hesitation in your acceptance of it.

“Did your interviewer, after your conversation, show you around the office before showing you out?” asks Peter Jones of The Job Network, “This is a good indicator that they’re seriously considering you. Bonus points if they introduced you to any members of your would-be team.”