Closing is a Vital Step in the Interviewing Process
When you’re trying to land a new job, a stellar CV and CV cover letter may get you an interview, but it’s often your people skills that will get you the job. No matter how well the interview went, you need a strong close to advance to the next round of interviews - or secure a job offer.
Why You Can’t Afford Not to Close an Interview
A big frustration people have when interviewing is that managers take a long time to make decision. From the hiring manager’s perspective this is completely understandable. Hiring is a big decision and hiring mistakes are costly. So if you end an interview and leave the interviewer with any doubt that you are the right candidate for the job you’re likely to get a, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you,” scenario.
Interview TIP: Everyone in the market for a job has heard about the importance of making a good first impression. But HR experts today are reminding job seekers that the last impression you make can be equally, if not more, significant.
When do you Close the Interview?
As the interview draws to an end, the interviewer’s final question to you will undoubtedly be – “Do you have any questions for us?”
This is your window of opportunity to close the interview – and it’s one that you really do not want to miss. Participating in the interview is one factor, but what distinguishes great job candidates from the others is when they actively participate with the interviewee by asking them questions. Not only does this demonstrate your sincere interest in the position, it also illustrates that you’ve done your homework on the company and the position offered. If you’re wondering what sort of questions you should ask the interviewer see our guide on Good Questions to ask the Interviewer (It’s a free download).
How do you Close a Job Interview?
Preparing good questions to ask the interviewer is key to a strong close – but it’s only part of the process of closing the interview.
If you decide during the interview that you really want the job then to close the interview you need to:
- Let the hiring manager know that you really want the job and look forward to working for the company,
- Identify whether the interviewer has any reservations about you,
- Clarify any uncertainties and remove any doubt from the interviewer’s mind and,
- Make sure you leave the interview knowing the next steps in the hiring process.
In a market where competition for jobs is high you can’t afford not to close your interviews. And when you weigh up the time and effort you put into a job search, a little extra preparation and practice perfecting your interview closing technique is a worthwhile investment of your time.
For the step-by-step interview closing technique see our free guide on How to Close a Job Interview here.
Have you had any experience closing job interviews? Please help the rest of us out by sharing your comments, tips, suggestions or questions in the comments below.
THE INTERVIEW SUCCESS SERIES
This is part of the Interview Success Series. This series covers how job seekers can get the job they want. This series contains inside information from experienced recruiters.
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