Are you preparing for job interviews or looking to improve your interviewing techniques? If so, remember to work on closing the interview with positivity, enthusiasm and your pitch for the company to hire you. Closing is a classic sales tactic that leaves the interviewers with a good impression and memory of you.
Job interviews usually have a structure that includes time at the end for you to ask questions and make your final statement about how your qualifications match the position. During the closing of the interview, before you walk out the door, there are three things you can do to show your interest in the job.
- Ask any remaining questions.
- Make a strong closing statement.
- Follow up with a thank you note.
Planning for the interview closing can help you move on to the next round of interviews or get a job offer. Learn more and stand out from the pack by following these interview closing tips and techniques.
Ask Questions About the Job and Company
After you have answered questions about yourself, you will want to ask your interviewer some follow-up questions about the company or the job. Here are a few excellent questions to ask at the end of the interview.
- What will the ideal candidate for this position have that others don’t?
- What are the immediate and long-term performance expectations for this position?
- Tell me about the team I would be joining.
- How does your company help employees grow?
- How have people who held this position progressed in their careers?
- What are the company’s goals?
- What is your favorite thing about working here?
Open-ended questions like these can help you gain insight into the company culture. They also demonstrate your interest in the company and not just the paycheck for the job.
Prepare an Interview Closing Statement
When those final moments roll around, be prepared to make a brief closing statement that ties your top qualifications together and addresses any experience you lack. For example, you can say: “I am confident I can add value to your company with my experience and background in X. Plus, I am willing to learn everything I can about Y so I can excel in this position.”
Be specific whenever possible, as it shows you are detail oriented and helps you project confidence. Rehearse your statement, keeping in mind that you may need to tailor what you say to address new information that came up during the interview.
A quick checklist of what to include in an interview closing statement:
- Review your top qualifications.
- Address experience you don’t have but are willing to learn.
- Express your interest in and excitement about working for the company.
- Remember your body language.
- Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration.
Remember your body language, too, which is yet another detail that can help you stand out from other candidates. Sit upright and forward to show you are eager and confident. Reach out for a handshake as you thank the interviewer, and provide a firm, not floppy handshake.
Write a Thank You to Follow Up
In addition to thanking your interviewers as you close the interview, you will also want to send them a thank you email. This is another opportunity to state anything you may have forgotten or that you want to emphasize. Sending an email also reminds them who you are and that you are still interested. If possible, mention your most unique positive qualifications or other details that came up during the interview.
Preparation can help you land the job you want more quickly. Be sure to review The Ultimate Guide to Getting Hired so you can be completely prepared and confident for the entire job hunt process. Learn what you can do to improve your resume and cover letter as you apply, and brush up on your interviewing techniques. Once you nail the job-hunting skills, it won’t be long until you get job offers.