I’m often asked by my customers how to close an interview.
Almost as if there is a magical question you can ask or statement you can make at the end that will guarantee a call back or job offer.
The truth is that the value you provided during the interview with well-prepared and engaging answers, showing competency, is what will get you that call back for 2nd or even better the job offer.
That being said, it is important to show interest and leave the interviewer knowing you’re interested, and for you to better understand their expectations and process.
You can use closing statements to delve deeper and gain clarity around a number of different topics, such as:
- Ask important questions.
- Discuss missing experience.
- Remind the hiring manager of your most important skills.
- Emphasize your passion for the position.
- Speak about the next steps.
- Determine if the employer needs more information.
- Finish with a polite conclusion.
- Ask for the job directly.
- Give a positive outlook about the future.
- Show how you’re prepared for the first day.
Some closing examples that will help…
“I’m keen and the role feels like a great fit.
“I believe my (insert relevant skills and experience) will help you achieve your business goals.”
“I like the feel of the company and believe we would work well together (this needs to be genuine).”
“At this stage do you have any concerns about my answers, anything I can add to clarify and answers I gave?”
“Thank you for making time to interview me for the open role. I am thrilled about the prospect of working in this position and being a part of a highly reputable team.”
Use this as an opportunity to deal with any issues and also to overcome any gaps in experience if they are highlighted.
Then ask what the next steps are.
As I said above, the most important thing is to give well prepared answers that show competency in the areas the role needs. But a strong close shows real intent to the interviewer.