Job interviews are an essential part of the hiring process because they provide an opportunity for prospective employees to demonstrate their interpersonal skills with a potential employer. One of the most important steps during a job interview is closing the interview in a strong and confident manner. While first impressions matter, last impressions can also make or break your chances of earning a job.
Hiring Process – Three Ways to End a Job Interview
1. Leave a Lasting Impression.
Having relevant questions prepared prior to a job interview can maximize a hiring manager’s interest in hiring you by conveying your preparedness using interpersonal skills. Consider asking questions that indicate you are really interested in the position you are interviewing for. This will leave an impression that demonstrates your credibility as a prospective employee. Try to go beyond the typical questions that anyone doing internet research can formulate. Think to yourself “Is there any way this question could be answered during the course of my interview”? If the answer is yes, I suggest you create a few that can only be answered when asked. They may be more of a personal inquiry into the person’s take on management, objectives, culture etc. A common ending to an interview is for the hiring manager to inquire “Do you have any questions for me”? There can only be one answer, yes!
2. Inquire About Next Steps.
The length of the hiring process can vary from company to company, so it’s a good idea to inquire about their time frame, especially at the end of the job interview. Inquiring about the next steps also shows hiring managers that you have a genuine interest in the job and joining their company. Ask if you may follow up and when is a good time to do so? It is imperative to follow up at the prescribed date and time. I often use this as a screening tool and weed out applicants who don’t follow directions.
3. Ask For The Job.
Verbalizing interest in the job shows your interpersonal skills and initiative to hiring managers. The final part of the hiring process is actually getting hired, but show your confidence when it comes to asking for the job before leaving the interview. This may sound like common sense but it can be a differentiator.
By presenting yourself as a credible and competent person using strong interpersonal skills, companies will be able to see the value you could add to their business if they choose to hire you. The talent acquisition team at Menlo Partners Staffing is happy to answer your questions about recruiting, temporary staffing, and workforce management. Contact our office today, Menlo Partners Staffing, a Redwood City based temp agency at (650)752-6193.