How to Close a Job Interview
Tips for Ending a Job Interview on a Positive Note
What's the best way to end an interview and say goodbye to the hiring manager? What can you do at the end of a job interview to up your chances of getting hired? How you close any business meeting can have a profound impact on the outcome. It's important to leave your interview making the best possible impression.
Tips for Closing a Job Interview
Final impressions can be lasting impressions, so you should think carefully about how you end an interview. Here are some tips for closing a job interview.
Confirm Your Interest in the Job
Keep in mind that the closing of an interview is a great opportunity to express your enthusiasm for the job. One way to do this is to explain how the interview has confirmed your interest in the job.
For example, you might say in closing, "I've really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this job. Hearing about the cutting edge technology that your firm employs and the new products in the pipeline has definitely enhanced my desire to take a leadership role with your project team."
Ask for the Job
In addition, if you are sure you want the job after the interview, do what any good salesperson does at the end of a meeting and ask for the job, albeit tactfully.
You can say, "I want you to know that I am very interested in carrying out this role for your firm, and do hope that you will be extending an offer or offering me a spot in the next round of interviewing. Please let me know if you have any further questions for me going forward."
Here are some of the best ways to ask for the job without making you, or the interviewer, feel uncomfortable.
Remind the Interviewer That You’re Qualified
The end of your interview is also an opportunity to reiterate why the position fits your skill set and is a good match given your assets as a candidate. You can say something like, "In closing, it seems to me that the position is a great fit. I look forward to using my advanced cloud computing skills, expertise in project management, and ability to bring in projects on time."
When You Are Asked if You Have Anything to Add
In addition to preparing your own statements, be prepared for questions, too. Interviewers will often ask you if you have anything to add at the end of your interview. You should enter the interview with a mental list of the six to ten strengths in your background that would enable you to excel in the job.
Read More: How to Match Your Qualifications to the Job
Be ready to share any of the assets that you haven't had the chance to convey during your meeting. You can offer any additional information in combination with a summary statement about your overall fit. For example, you might say, "I have addressed how I might apply my writing and research skills, but would like to add that I have planned a variety of very successful publicity events as part of new product introductions."
How to Respond: Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You?
Ask What Happens Next
Before leaving the interview, make sure you know what to expect from that point on with the hiring process. Ask about the time frame for finalizing their decision, and if there would be any other layers of interviewing, so you can plan any follow-up communications.
Send a Follow-Up Email
Immediately after the interview, make notes about the meeting while the proceedings are fresh in your mind. Compose your follow-up email as soon as possible after the meeting so that you have a chance to influence assessments of your candidacy before they have been finalized.
Here's information on how to follow up after a job interview and what to include in an interview follow-up email message.