No matter how well an interview is going, you have to remember that things can still go sideways during the closing phase of the conversation. If you don’t end on a strong note, the hiring manager won’t remember you favorably, and your chances will be blown. It is critical to close the interview like a professional if you want to land an offer.
Ask Thoughtful Questions That Make You Stand Out
If you want to be remembered, don’t ask run-of-the-mill questions like your competitors will. Sit down and craft thoughtful questions that will help you get a better feel for the role and will help you make an informed decision if you get an offer. Consider questions like:
- What types of people succeed here?
- Presuming I get the job, what are the key goals over the next three months, six months and year?
- Can you tell me about the performance review process?
- What is the management style of the person I would report to?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the team?
- What group in the company does this team have the most difficulty working with? Why?
To show that you are truly interested in the job, be bold. Ask, “Is there anything about my skills, qualifications or background that would make you hesitate to offer me the position?” This is a very strong question and it takes some guts to ask it. However, it gives you one last opportunity to learn about any reservations the hiring manager has, and to address those reservations head-on before you leave.
Close the Deal
Once you’ve addressed any hesitation, be bold again by taking a page from a salesperson’s playbook and close the deal by tactfully ask for the job. Say something like, “I want to express my sincere interest in taking on this role and I hope that you will extend me an offer or offer me a spot in your next round of interviews.” Again, this is a bold move but it shows your true passion for the position.
Find Out About Next Steps
Asking about next steps is Job Seeker 101 material, but many seasoned professionals forget this step. Do not ever leave the interview without asking what the hiring manager’s timeline is for a decision and whether or not it is ok for you to follow up if you don’t hear from her in that timeframe.
Send A Thank-You Note
Immediately after your interview, sit down and craft thank-you notes to everyone you spoke with. Handwritten notes are ideal, but if the decision timeline is short, an email will work just fine. Thank each interviewer for his or her time, reinforce your interest in the position and express that you are looking forward to hearing from them soon.
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