Closing the Interview

Job candidates often second-guess themselves after interviews. By asking good questions and closing strongly, you can reduce post-interview doubts. If you feel that the interview went well and you want to take the next step, express your interest to the interviewer.

Try an approach like the following: “After learning more about your company, the position and responsibilities, I believe that I have the qualities you are looking for.

Do you have any reservations or concerns in recommending me for this position? (If so) Can you please share them with me? (Attempt to address them immediately)

Based on what I’ve heard and learned I’m very interested in the position and feel I’m a good match for the role (be prepared to clarify)

  • Why you are interested
  • Summarize why you are qualified

Make sure that you have thoroughly answered these questions during the interview: “Why are you interested in our company?” and “What can you offer?”

Clarify next steps: What are the next steps: or where do we go from here?

This is an effective closing question because it opens the door for the hiring manager to be honest with you about his or her feelings. If concerns do exist, you may be able to create an opportunity to overcome them, and have one final chance to dispel the concerns, sell your strengths and end the interview on a positive note.

A few things to remember during the closing process:

  • Express appreciation for the interviewer’s time and consideration.
  • Don’t expect an offer to be made or a specific salary to be discussed during your first interview.