If you’ve landed an interview in this tough job market, you should congratulate yourself. You’ve made it through some of the most frustrating parts of the job search process, and now you just need to rely on yourself to excel in this last part to land the job you’ve been after.
Although the entire interview is important, you probably already know you need to prepare your answers and research the organization before heading into the office.
But what do you do when it comes time for the interview to end? Here are a few suggestions:
Ask if there is anything else you can provide. The employer might want a list of your references, other background information or work samples to look at once you’ve left. Obviously, it’s also vital to bring these things to the interview with you!
Reiterate your interest in the position and why you’re a good fit. Why are you the best person for the position? This question is something the hiring manager will be considering when comparing you to other candidates – so give them your answer as a last impression.
Inquire about next steps in the hiring process. Ask the employer when a decision will be made on the position and who you should contact to check on the status. Ask for their business card if you do not have their contact information already.
Ask insightful questions. Typically, an interviewer will end the interview by asking if you have any questions for them. Come prepared with at least three questions to show you took the initiative to research the company — and to further convey your interest in the organization.
With a firm handshake. Once you’ve finished speaking with your interviewer, 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 hiring manager.
How else can job candidates successfully close an interview? Do you have a tactic that worked particularly well for you in your job search?
Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.