Effective questions and a strong closing statement can set you apart.
You should establish a strategy for closing the interview. As a part of this strategy, you will want to prepare relevant questions and closing statements that set you apart from the rest of the field.
Prepare to ask questions
Asking pertinent questions during the interview is every bit as important as answering questions and will leave hiring managers with a favorable impression. In addition to helping them determine whether or not you are the right match for the job, insightful questions demonstrate that you are organized, prepared and serious about the position. The following are some questions that you might ask:
- Why is the position open?
- What are the greatest challenges offered by this position?
- How is success defined for this position?
- Do you have any reservations or concerns about my qualifications for this position?
Keep in mind that asking questions about compensation, vacation and benefits is generally not appropriate during a first interview, but will come into play as you advance further in the interview process.
Prepare for a Strong Close
Almost every candidate closes the interview by saying something similar to this:
"I am interested and look forward to hearing from you."
Set yourself apart by not only telling the company that you are interested, but also why you are interested. Be specific and most of all, tell them you want the job and sell them on your strengths.