The Best Way to Close a Job Interview
The interview is winding down to a close. You are excited that everything seemed to go so well. You showed up on time, gave a firm handshake, and answered the hiring manager’s questions knowledgeably and with confidence.
In closing he asks you one final question. And it’s “Do you have any questions for me?”
Boy, do you!
You want to know if you made the cut and if you will be invited back for the next round of interviews. You’d like to know what kind of pay, vacation, and health benefits are offered. Heck, you want to know if you can start tomorrow.
You probably know you should not ask any of those questions. At least not yet. If you get offered the job, all of those will be answered.
What you might not know is you should also not say, “No, I don’t. You’ve pretty much covered everything.” By doing that you give the impression that you either weren’t totally engaged in the interview process, or worse yet, you’re not really interested in this job after all and you just want to leave.
Don’t waste this golden opportunity that has just been handed to you! Instead use one of these ideas for the best way to close a job interview.
- Think back to the interview and ask a question which correlates to what you just discussed.
Earlier we discussed XYZ. Would my previous experience and skills as a (fill in the blank) be a strength for this type of work?
This question works well because it makes the hiring manager potentially start thinking of you as the candidate who will be fulfilling this position.
- Another way to go about it is to let the him know how ready you are to be hired.
This interview has made me even more excited about working here and confident that I can do the job. Is there anything else you need from me before you make your final decision?
This opens up the opportunity for him to tell you what the key qualifications are to realistically be considered for this job.
- Try a reverse question.
Is there anything we’ve discussed in this interview that gives you cause for concern about my fit for the position?
This helps the interviewer articulate what might potentially hold him back from hiring you, which in turns gives you the opportunity to discuss those concerns before you walk out the door.
- Probably the best way to answer the question is to ask something that makes the hiring manager see you already in the job.
Thinking long term, if I were the candidate who gets hired, what would I need to accomplish on my first year here, to make you confident that you made the right choice for the job?
This question is great because it forces the hiring manager to visualize you as someone who was hired and successful at his job. It also will compel him to give you a set of specifics that you can then turn around by reiterating a skill you have or a past accomplishment that fits the bill.
This also benefits you in that when you do land that job, you know exactly what is expected of you right from the start.
Pick one or two of these options and practice your answers until they roll off of your tongue smoothly without stammering or hesitating. Once you’ve got that down you’ll feel confident that you have the skill and the know-how to handle the best way to close a job interview.