How to Confidently Close an Interview
The interviewer asks if you have any questions. You don’t ask any. They shake your hand and you leave.
You’ve just missed a huge opportunity to confidently close the interview with a positive impression and gather critical intel.
Instead of just walking away….
- Ask questions about the role to demonstrate interest and understanding.
- Ask questions to support your decision.
- Thank the interviewer for his or her time.
- Tell them you’re very interested in the position.
Then ask what the next step is! Maybe: “Is there anything else you need from me at this point?” “What’s the next step?” “Can I follow up with you next week if I haven’t heard back from you?” “Would you prefer I call or send you an email?”.
Even better, heed this advice from career expert Sarah Johnson and close the interview with a strategic statement summarizing interest and fit:
This is your opportunity to CLOSE the deal. Speaking as a former recruiter, I can’t tell you how many times a job seeker got passed over for a job that they were well qualified for because the hiring manager questioned if they really wanted the job. If you ACTUALLY really want the job, I recommend closing with something like:“I really appreciate your time today. I feel like I got a good sense of the actual position. I also genuinely like the team and your leadership style. I feel like my experience doing XXX would translate well to this department. You mentioned early on in the interview that you were looking for someone with XX. I have XX (one brag point). I am hopeful that we can move to the next step in this process”.The key here is not sounding desperate but re-stating your interest in the role and that you are confident you have what it takes to do the job.
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Many thanks to all of the professionals, recruiters, and career professionals who shared the following questions – and more – with me on LinkedIn:
- Are there any areas of my candidacy I can strengthen for you?
- What’s your biggest concern or objection for moving me forward?
- How can I best provide solutions and value to this role?
- What will be the biggest challenge for the person who fills this role?
- What will be the key to this person’s success?
- What is the most important thing I should accomplish in the first 90 days?
- How would you describe a typical day in this position?
- What is your personal management style?
- What do you personally enjoy the most about working here?
- What are the performance expectations and what challenges are foreseen for the position?
- What’s surprised you the most about the business this year?
- What advice would you have given to yourself on the first day with this organization?
- What projects is the team currently working on that you’re excited about?
- How would you describe the company’s culture?
- What type of people tend to really thrive here and what type don’t do as well?
- What makes you feel good about working with the company?
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