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?
You not only need to make a great first impression at your interviewers right from the moment that you walk through the door but closing your job interview and leaving on a high note is just as important – if not more so!
Leaving a great last impression
Leaving your interviewer with a great last impression will make your job interview far more memorable in their mind.
You can achieve this in a number of ways and we will cover a few of these handy techniques here, including:
- Leaving a clear indication of your enthusiasm for the job
- Asking memorable questions at your interview
- Reinforcing your suitability for the job
- Addressing any issues before leaving your interview
- Leaving with a positive closing statement
How to express your enthusiasm for the job
It is normally a matter of course that your interviewer will ask you why you want the position on offer. This is a standard question that you can expect to be asked, but simply blurting out a well-rehearsed answer to this question may not be enough to make a difference.
Your interviewer will pretty much be expecting a standard answer to this question from each job candidate, so you need to make your response far more memorable than your competitors.
State and restate your desire for the job
It is important that you not only show your enthusiasm for the position on offer, but you also need to reaffirm your desire for the job over again.
Your excitement for the position and the company as a whole will go a long way to creating a memorable interview experience. Even though you may have already answered the question once, it is important to restate your interest in the job again when given the opportunity to do so.
Flatter and praise the company
An employer likes nothing more than to hear their company being praised and held in high regard by people. Use this to your advantage for your interview by being enthusiastic not only about the job on offer but also in expressing your desire to work for such a great 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.
Paint a positive larger picture
A job interview is a pretty intense and focused event. The idea of a job interview is to find the best possible candidate for the job in hand. However, this does not mean that your sole focus should be on the job.
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 how seamlessly you can fit into the company as a whole.
By being positive and enthusiastic about both the job and the larger company the employer will know that you can look at the bigger picture. They will see that you are worth investing in because you will bring a level of energy and enthusiasm that can benefit the company as a whole.
Appear to be ready for work from day one
Engaging your interviewer in a healthy and detailed conversation will also create a positive buzz and energy around your interview. Talk about the specific details of the job that inspire you.
Express how you would look forward to coming to work each day to achieve XYZ. By doing this, you will be painting an image in the employer’s mind of you already working there. This will help them see you as being ready to start work from day one.
Crafting your interview close 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.
However, remember to pay special attention to how you plan to close your job interview. Closing your job interview is important if you want to ensure that you leave the interview room on a high. You need to know what to say at the end of an interview.
Depending on the position that you are applying for, you will need to craft your interview close accordingly. So for example, let’s say that you are applying for a sales job, it would make sense to close your interview with a strong sales pitch – after all, you will be selling yourself at your interview!
Examples of how you can close your interview
Here we list some examples of good closing statements. You can use these examples to modify and develop your own closing statement as a positive way to wrap up your interview.
Leaving your interview with a positive closing statement can help to end your interview with a lasting impression and also give you some action points to take forward with you. Don’t leave your interview with everything still up in the air and questions left unanswered.
Closing statement examples:
Modify these statements to help reinforce your suitability for the job on offer:
“I was really excited about this interview. My desire for this role has been strengthened by everything I have heard and learned from you today. I appreciate your time here and I am 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 and just what I have been looking for. I believe my expertise and work experience make me the right fit for this role in your company. When can I expect to hear from you?”
Address any concerns before leaving the room
Make sure that you leave the interview having addressed any possible concerns that your interviewer may have. Craft a closing statement for this around the following statements:
“Do you have any reasons why my application will not progress to the next step? I would like to clarify any issues now that may affect my chances of getting this job. I want to reaffirm my enthusiasm for this opportunity if you would allow me.”
“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 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 within your company and I have now become even more enthusiastic about the role. I am confident that my skills and experience will bring real value to the job 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 within a company that has an outstanding reputation. After my interview today I am even more convinced of that. 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.
Don’t be afraid, ask questions; show the employer that you are truly interested in the role on offer and that you are keen to learn more. The more interest you show in the job and the company, the more interest you will receive.