How to close an interview

 

Now we all know that a first impression is one of the most important things to perfect when trying to improve your interviewing ability. Whenever anybody meets you, whether it be in a professional or a personal context, they are likely going to make a split second judgement of you which can prove essential. After all, it’s very difficult to overcome a bad first impression. But something which has not been focused on as much, which is equally as important, is the impression you leave at the end. Closing the interview can make all the difference when it comes to getting the job, so knowing how to do so effectively is key.

Now, of course every interview has its differences but most of the time the closing stages begin in the same way. So let’s run through the process of events:

You’ve made a positive first impression, you’ve developed a rapport with whoever’s interviewing you, you’re answering questions, conversation is flowing and everything is going well. The interview draws to a close and you are asked one more thing: “Do you have any questions for me?” This is when you know the interviewer is wrapping things up, but that is not to be confused with the interviewer ending the interview there and then. What the interviewer really means is: “prove to me that you are definitely the right candidate for the job.” Often, when candidates are faced with such a question they say “no,” but the best candidates (the ones who are more likely to get the job) do not just end the interview there. The interviewer wants you to convince them that hiring you is the right choice. Even though they’ve been asking questions throughout the interview, they want it to be reiterated that you’re the perfect guy or girl for the job.

So how do you do that?

Well, you want to leave a positive lasting impression on the interviewer. So don’t just say “no” and end the interview there. Even though the questions you ask often depend on how the interview has gone and what you have talked about there are certain responses that you can prepare which are guaranteed to ensure the interviewer remembers you positively. You want to leave your interviewer with the right picture of you and make sure your interest in the position is known. Here are some questions which can help you leave the right impression:

What goals/aims does the company have for the coming year?

This is the perfect way to show your interest in, not only the position, but the company as well. It also gives the impression that you are ambitious and desire success for the business. It highlights you as a team player, someone who wants to parallel their personal goals with those of the company. It’s also a chance to show you’ve done some research, as you can follow up by talking about the previous year and potential areas for improvement within the organization.

What type of opportunities for training and advancement will there be?

This is the best way of showing you’re ambition without sounding overly forward or aggressive. For example you do not want to ask about salary or benefits straight away as this can put an interviewer off you and give the impression your sole focus is money. This question can also show your interviewer that you would be committed to the company. Finally, it’s a great opportunity to outline your goals and desired career path.

How would you describe the business culture at the company?

This is a question which is perhaps more beneficial to you than your interviewer. It is one of the best ways to simultaneously show interest in the company to impress the interviewer whilst determining whether this is definitely somewhere you want to work. After all, you want to work somewhere which will be enjoyable and suitable to your personality etc.

When will you be in contact?

This is where you can conclude the interview on a high note by underlining your interest in the position and overall desire to get the job. Tell the interviewer you want the job. After all, employers tend to be more attracted to candidates who are attracted to them. This question also prevents you from the nerves involved with no knowing what’s going to happen or when.

And that’s pretty much it. Don’t forget to thank the interviewer for their time and leave in a positive manner. Remember all that and the end of your interview might just mean the start of a new job.

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