Helpful Interview Tips – Closing the Interview

Many people second-guess themselves after an interview. By closing strongly and asking the right questions, you can eliminate the post-interview doubts that tend to plague most interviewees. If you think that the interview went well and you would like to take the next step, be sure and express your interest to the hiring authority. Say something like this:

“After hearing more about your company and the position, I’m certain that I have the qualities you are looking for in the (title) position. Based on our conversation and my qualifications, are there any concerns that you have that would lead you to believe otherwise?”

You have the right to be assertive. You should ask a closing question such as the above because it opens the door for the employer to be honest with you about their feelings. If there are concerns, this is a time to overcome them. You have one final chance to dispel the concerns, sell your strengths, and end the interview on a positive note.

Some things to remember during the closing process:

  • Do not be discouraged if there is not an offer made or specific salary discussed. The interviewer will probably want to talk with management first or meet with other applicants before making a decision.
  • Be sure that you can answer the following questions: “Why are you interested in the company?” and “What can you offer?”
  • Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration and shake their hand firmly.
  • Ask the interviewer for a business card so you can write a thank-you note as soon as possible.
  • Send a handwritten thank-you note to the employer within 24 hours.

Following Up

When you get back in your car, promptly write down key issues uncovered during the interview. Think of the qualifications that the employer is looking for and match your strengths to them. Immediately call your recruiter! Follow-up is critical!

You should also read our hints for the interview and beyond page as well as our Do’s and Don’ts page for more helpful interview tips. And don’t forget to send a thank you note!