It is important to close the job interview with understanding, enthusiasm, and desire. Revealing your spark can make a difference between being rejected or accepted for the job.

Interviewers normally initiate the close by standing, shaking hands, and thanking you for coming to the interview. They may express some variation of “Glad you could come by today. We have several other candidates to interview. We’ll be in touch.”

In response, most interviewees shake hands, thank the interviewer, leave, and hope for the best. Don't do this! Such behavior almost ensures that you will not be called back for another interview or offered the job.

It's critical that you use this time to close the interview to your advantage.

Indeed, hope and waiting are not good job search strategies! At this stage, you should summarize the interview in terms of your interests, strengths, and goals. Briefly restate your qualifications and continuing interest in working with the employer.

For example, an accountant might summarize as follows:

“I'm really glad I had the chance to talk with you. I know, with what I learned when I reorganized the accounting department at XYZ Corporation, I could increase your profits, too.”

If you're interested in the job, close by asking for another interview or the job. Show desire by telling the interviewer you want to work for them. For example, you might close saying:

“Even though I'm looking at other opportunities, this is really the place I would love to work. It's where I know I can make a difference. Can we schedule another interview within the next week?”


SOURCE: Adapted from Ron Krannich, Ph.D., The Re-Entry Employment and Life Skills Pocket Guide (Manassas Park: Impact Publications), page 42. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Copying strictly forbidden.