This post has been originally published on March 18, 2019 and has been extensively revised and updated on April 27, 2020.
We all know that first impressions count in a lot of life situations, none more so than at your job interview! But do you know how to end an interview on a positive note?
Since you are googling this topic, you likely need some extra tips! Here are several highly-effective strategies for closing a job interview:
- Demonstrate your enthusiasm about the position or company
- Pose a memorable question to the interviewer
- Reinforce the idea that you are the perfect cultural fit for the job
- Resolve any mishaps you had during the job interview
- Drop a powerful personal closing statement (scroll down for examples!)
Now let’s dig into each of these strategies!
Express Your Enthusiasm For The Job When Closing The Interview
In most cases, an interviewer will ask you the popular “Why do you want to work here?” interview question throughout your conversation. And that’s when you properly explain your motivation and enthusiasm.
However, it’s always a good idea to circle back to your motivation when closing your interview. Here are several elegant ways to do so:
- Restate your desire for the job: But don’t sound desperate, ok? Simply explain that after getting more information about the position and the company, you feel even more positive about joining the department for reasons X, Y, Z (summarizing your motivation).
- Sprinkle in some subtle praise and flattery for the company: You can talk about their positive office culture, how your beliefs align with the company ethos and that you share the same desires that are stated in their mission statement.
- Explain what drives you to pursue this position: Showcase how your passion for your career niche is driving you to pursue this new job.
Here’s a sample interview closing statement to illustrate the last point a graphic designer might use:
“I’m really into this position as I’m rather hands-on and love seeing how my sketches and prototypes turn into new digital products that bring joy to customers.”
Learn Which Questions to Ask at The End of an Interview
Another way to close an interview with a bang is by asking the interviewer one or two quick strategic questions.
The truth is: most HRs expect you to ask them a question.
Doing so shows them several things at once:
- Your genuine interest in the job/company
- The fact that you did some research too
- That you are really proactive and engaged
But not just any random question will win you those extra points, alright? Your questions should be with a twist, allowing you to sneakily reveal some more positive personal qualities.
Here are four really savvy questions to ask at the end of the interview:
- Did I answer all your questions? — this question can elicit some early performance feedback from the interviewer and give you extra room to address some issues.
- What types of soft skills serve the company and the position best? — the HRs reply can give you a better idea of the managerial culture and the company’s leadership practices. And by asking this question you show that you are a well-rounded professional, who’s equally investing time honing in both hard and soft skills.
- What are the challenges of this position? — such an inquiry shows that you have realistic job expectations and are not afraid to get hands-down into the work.
- How do you help the employees grow professionally? — this one indicates that you are an avid learner, a quality most organizations value a lot.
Paint a Larger Picture and Show That You Are a Strong Cultural Fit
When you think about it, the position that you are applying for is just one piece of a much larger puzzle. You need to demonstrate to your interviewer that you are not only a perfect fit for the role, but will seamlessly fit into the company as a whole.
So if the interviewer asks you something like “Do you want to tell us anything else about you?” at the end of the interview, frame your reply to demonstrate your fit.
Here are several ways to do so:
- Show that you understand how your future performance will affect the company’s bottom line. You can do so by doing so research on the competition, customers, and core industry trends.
- Demonstrate that you are a team player and you understand why effective collaboration is key in every company. Provide a quick example of a joint project you’ve worked for.
- Mention how you like to be managed. Doing so demonstrates to the hiring manager that you know how to self-organize, plus can thrive under the right management approach and take different types of direction.
- Talk about your hobbies. If you know that the company plays football every Friday or does some other activities that are in line with your interests (e.g. yoga classes, volunteering, etc), draw the manager’s attention to this fact.
A memorable closing statement for the latter can go like:
“By the way, I’ve noticed that your company regularly volunteers at Happy Puppy Shelter, I’m an owner of two rescue dogs myself, and donate to HelpDoggo Org monthly”.
Address Any Sharp Edges You Had During the Job Interview
Let’s face it: not every job interview will be as soft and smooth as melted butter.
No one’s immune to “choking” even on the most common job interview questions. So use your closing statement to do some rapid damage control and address the mishaps.
Firstly, you can be blunt and ask directly if the interviewer has any concerns over your abilities to do this job.
Doing so can help you weed out any doubts they may be having and proactively address them in your closing statement. For example:
“Indeed, I don’t have as much experience working with CoolCRM software, but I’m rather familiar with similar software X. Plus, I did learn basic HTML all by myself back in high school, so I’m rather confident that I could master this tool, too. Besides, my experience with software Y is transferable.”
Always Work on Your Interview Closing Statements Ahead of Time
Doing your homework in preparation for your job interview is crucial if you want to come across as a credible candidate for the position. Plus, by carefully studying the company website and job description you will be able to come up with highly personalized closing statement variations even on the spot.
But if you want to play it safe, here are several more closing statement examples you can swipe!
Memorable and Persuasive Closing Statement Examples
“I was excited about this interview, so thanks for having me. I now also have a better idea of the position and your corporate values which makes me even more confident about my ability to perform well in this position. Going forward, is there anything else you need to know from me?”
“This challenge is exciting, it is such a great opportunity to apply my [core skill 1] and [knowledge in some area] to help your company get even further ahead of [some competitor]. When can I expect to hear from you?”
Address Any Concerns Before Leaving The Room
“Do you have any reasons why my application will not progress to the next step? I would like to clarify any doubts now that may affect my chances of getting this job”
“I am aware that there are other suitably qualified candidates interviewing for this role, but I am extremely confident that I am the right choice for the following reasons (state your strengths and suitability for the role again).”
Closing Your Interview With Some Positivity and Flattery
Always close your interview on a positive note where you leave a lasting impression with everyone’s energy on a high. Here are a couple of good examples of closing on a positive tone:
“I thank you for your time here today. You have provided me with a very clear outline of this position and I’m particularly thrilled to apply my [domain knowledge] in this role. I am confident that my skills and experience will bring real value to the team and your company as a whole. Can I ask what I should do next to make sure that I get this position?”
“I knew that this job was going to be an excellent position when I learned that your company [does something related to their mission statement]. After my interview today I am even more convinced that I’d like to be part of that movement. Is there something else you need to know that will help further confirm that I am the right applicant for this job?”
Asking the right questions at the end of the interview can make all the difference between bringing your interview to a positive close or leaving with a shadow of doubt floating in your interviewer’s mind.
So don’t be afraid to drop a lofty closing statement or proactively ask yet another question. Doing so will demonstrate the employer (yet again) just how motivated you are. The more interest you show in the job and the company, the more interest you will receive in return!