How to Best End a Job Interview

We as humans and one of the most intelligent species on the planet, have techniques for everything. A resume writer has a specific way to format your resume, a V8 supercar driver employs a certain technique behind the wheel, and a CIA agent (much like Jason Bourne in the movie sequels we all know so well) has a formula for squeezing out information in the intelligence room.

The best way to end a job interview also falls into the realm of good technique. Resumes to You have given you a cracking professional resume, now you need insight into how well you did at the interview and to seize the chance to seal the deal, all through some effective technique.

So, here are some basics that you might just find beneficial next time you are going under the grill.

1. Seize the moment to ask the right questions
When the recruiter is done blasting you with questions and offered you the chance to ask your own, make sure you use this opportunity. You might like to consider asking a question like:

“Considering the information that I have provided about my skills and background, how well do you feel I fit the profile of the candidate you are seeking?”

Or, “provided the information we have discussed, do you have any concerns about my possible fit for the role?”

The first question may help you find out what the recruiter thinks about you. The second question is more open-ended and could offer you a chance to further discuss or explain any issues that the recruiter has about your fit. For example, you may not have explained yourself properly in a previous question and this could provide a second bite at the cherry.

After clarifying the above points, you might consider asking some questions to find out where the interviewer is with the recruitment process. You could ask what are the next steps for hiring, or will the most favoured candidates be given a call back. The answer may uncover how many other candidates there are, or how long the process may take.

2. Remain professional
Remember at the end of the interview to shake hands politely and thank the recruiter for their time, regardless of your gut feeling.

3. Don’t leave empty handed
If not offered to you, ask for a business card or contact details of the interviewer. This will help in the case you need to follow up post interview for any reason, or to write a thank you note.

4. Reiterate your interest in the role
At the end of the interview, if you are keen on the role be sure to leave your parting comment. The below may be something you’d like to work around:

“I would really love this opportunity and I am excited at the prospect of working for you. Is there anything else you might need from me before making your decision?”

This statement shows that you are still very keen on the position and you are confident in your ability to fulfil the role successfully. It may also give you an understanding of the next process if you have not previously established that.

Getting interview savvy is no longer just about getting a professional resume written, rehearsing your answers, or ensuring your suit is pressed correctly; it’s also important to take advantage of open opportunities that could gain you extra insight or a golden chance to seal the deal.

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