Close the job interview

How to Confidently Close an Interview

Let’s say youโ€™re at the close of a job interview.

The interviewer asks if you have any questions. You donโ€™t ask any. They shake your hand, and you leave.

Youโ€™ve just missed a huge opportunity to confidently close the interview with a positive impression and gather critical intel.

Instead of just walking awayโ€ฆ.

  • 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 youโ€™re very interested in the position.

Then ask what the next step is!ย  Maybe: โ€œIs there anything else you need from me at this point?โ€ โ€œWhatโ€™s the next step?โ€ โ€œCan I follow up with you next week if I havenโ€™t heard back from you?” “Would you prefer I call or send you an email?โ€.

Even better, heed this advice from career coach and former recruiter Sarah Johnson,ย 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.ย ย 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.

Looking for ideas on what questions to ask during an interview?

Download my free eGuide: Questions You Can Ask During An Interview with 60+ questions, or review some of the ideas below.

Many thanks to all of the professionals, recruiters, and career professionals who shared the following questions – and more – with me on LinkedIn:

  • Is there anything I can further expand on for you?
  • 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 personโ€™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 do you personally enjoy the most about working here?
  • What are the performance expectations, and what challenges are foreseen for the position?
  • What surprised you the most about the business this year?
  • What advice would you have given yourself on the first day with this organization?
  • What projects is the team currently working on that youโ€™re excited about?
  • How would you describe the companyโ€™s culture?
  • What type of people tend to thrive here, and what type donโ€™t do as well?
  • What makes you feel good about working with the company?


Got additional questions to add?ย  Share them in the comments below!


Adrienne Tom

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