How should you close a job interview?

September 16, 2012 | Topics: , , , | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

When you get to the end of the interview there are several things you should do to leave a lasting impression and maximise your chances of success.
1. Ask if there is anything else you can provide. The employer might want a list of your referees, other background information or work samples to look at once you’ve left. So make sure you take all of your paperwork to the interview.

2. Make sure you tell the interviewer that you are interested in the position and that you are a good fit for the job and the company. (Assuming that you are still interested after hearing about the company and what they require from you.) Remember the selection manager will be comparing the knowledge, skills and abilities of each candidate as well deciding which candidate will be the best fit for the organisation.

3. Ask about the next steps in the selection process. Ask the interviewer when they expect to make a decision on the position and who you should contact to check on the status. If you do not have their contact information already, ask for their business card.

Firm Handshake

4. Be prepared to ask good questions. Typically, an interviewer will end the interview by asking if you have any questions for them. As a rule of thumb, have at least three questions to show you have an interest in the organization.

5. Finally, close with a firm handshake.Once the interview is finished, extend your hand for a closing handshake. Make sure your grip is firm and you follow the two or three “pumps” rule. A firm handshake conveys your confidence and leaves a good impression on the selection manager.

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