When your interview is coming to a close, you’re probably focused on how relieved you feel and how excited you are to get the heck out of there and call your mom. It’s easy to lose sight of your long-term goal when there’s a short-term finish line in clear sight.
Here’s the deal:
Final impressions can have just as big of an impact as first impressions when it comes to getting a job. The end of your interview can be your secret weapon in clearing up any doubts and reminding the hiring manager that you’re the best person for the job.
The end of your interview is your last chance to sell yourself to an employer, so you’re going to want to use this moment to your advantage.
Here are the six things you need to do when closing an interview to make a great last impression and get the job:
The end of an interview is a great opportunity to remind hiring managers that you’re excited for the job opportunity. Confirm your interest in the position by telling the hiring manager that the interview has made you even more eager for the possibility of working with their company:
“I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this position, and after hearing so much about your company, I can say without a doubt that I’m very excited about the possibility of working with your company.”
You’ll want to leave your interviewer with a fresh image of you as a capable and excited candidate. Remind them that you have the specific qualifications and skills needed to get the job done to leave them with the impression that you’re a perfect match.
“From my perspective, it seems that the position would be a great fit for my experience and skill set. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to put my experience with organizing fundraisers to improve employee involvement and help your company meet your philanthropy goals.”
It’s hard to tell how well you’re doing in an interview when the hiring manager has a poker face made of stone. If you get the feeling that your interviewer just isn’t convinced that you’re the best person for the job, go ahead and ask what you can do to convince them otherwise.
Think of your greatest professional strengths and assets and be ready to discuss them at length. Tell your interviewer any additional information about your skills and experience that didn’t come up during your conversation, and combine it with an overall statement about your overall candidacy.
“I have discussed my experience working hands-on in the field performing operations and maintenance on utility-scale solar projects, but I would like to add that I have extensive OSHA safety training that has equipped me with the knowledge to perform my duties safely and efficiently.”
This part of ending the interview requires some finesse. If the interview is coming to a close and you’ve realized that you really do want the job, a bold move to make that will make you stand out to the interviewer would be to ask for the job, but in a super sneaky way.
Instead of just straight up asking, “Can I have the job pretty please with a cherry on top?” you’re going to have to be tactful and professional. Try saying something along the lines of,
“I just want to tell you that I’m very interested in taking on this role with your company, and I’m looking forward to hearing back from you with an offer, or an invitation for the next step in the interviewing process.”
If you’re feeling bold and you want to be a little more straightforward, you could just ask straight up, “Based on this conversation, do you feel that I would be a good fit for this position?” Even if they don’t hire you on the spot, they’ll appreciate your confidence.
Before you leave the interview, make sure to ask about the next steps in hiring process so you know what to expect going forward. Ask your interviewer if they have a certain time frame in which they’ll get back to you with a decision, or if there are any other layers of interviewing you should prepare for.
Once you’ll know what to expect after your initial interview, you can start to prepare how you’re going to follow up with the employer.
Alas, one of the cardinal rules of interviewing: always follow up and send a thank you letter. This is one of the most important aspects of interviewing, and it’s a sure way to make either a good final impression, or a bad one.
Sending a follow up letter shows that you’re considerate and professional, while not sending one sends the message that you couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the job opportunity.
Within 24 hours after the interview, send an email thanking the interviewer for their time for the opportunity to learn more about the company and the position. Use your thank you letter as a chance to follow up and reiterate your excitement for the position.
Your effort won’t go unnoticed, and you’ll be remembered as the person who was thoughtful enough to reach out — especially if no one else does.
Finding a job is hard work. When you’ve put countless hours into preparing for an interview, it’s easy to get blindsided by excitement of seeing the finish line.
It’s important to not rush through the end of an interview, and to use it as your final sales pitch instead. Taking advantage of this final moment is a great way to clear up any concerns and to make yourself stand out from other candidates.
Now that you know what to do, it’s time to get ready for that interview! Make sure you do everything necessary to make a good first and last impression, and you’re sure to land the job!