The final moments of an interview are a highly valuable opportunity to depart with lasting, positive impact on why you are suitable for the role in question. This is your last chance to address anything that you feel has not been touched upon enough, gain clarity on next steps and leave a distinct and positive final impression on the interviewer.
Ultimately, what is it that you want to leave the interviewer thinking? Here are a few suggestions on how to ensure you leave the interview in the best light possible:-
- Respect the interviewers time. It is fairly easy to pick up non-verbal cues that your interviewer is looking to wrap up the interview. If you still have questions to ask ensure you pick the most relevant one before indicating that you’re ready to wrap up.
- Leave your interviewer with the right picture of you. Think of at least five skills or traits you want remembered after the interview and touch on these again in your closing. There may also be an opportunity to ask if the interviewer has any concerns as to why you wouldn’t be suitable, which will give you an opportunity to address and potentially eliminate these.
- Ask if there is anything else you can provide, such as references, background information or work samples
- State your interest in the position. Don’t be overly anxious, but be genuinely positive about the role and the company. Remember to mention the added value you can bring to the job.
- Ask about the next step in the process. It’s important for you to know the next step so you can follow up. Ask for the decision date or any other relevant dates in the decision making process.
- Send a thank you note via email, your recruiter or LinkedIn. The most effective thing you can do is personalise the message by referencing a point or learn during the interview—this continues the conversation and the positive rapport that you had with the interviewer. Keep the message warm, professional and to the point, and be certain that the note contains no typos before you send it.
- Find out how to contact them. If you don’t hear back, you will need to know who to contact and whether they will accept calls to check the status.