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Wrap Up The Employment Interview To Get That Job

Dec 24, 2007
Some applicants for job interviews lose the race - that is they do not get the job because they do not clear the final hurdle. You have to close and ask for the job. Without the sale nothing happens.

What can you do as a job applicant to help move along and close the interview process successfully? First of all watch for signs from the interviewer that is time to "wrap up". Remember the interviewer want to get the show on the road, hire a candidate and get home to his family as much as you do. Signs to watch for include asking whether or not you have any further questions, tidying up papers on the desk, pushing the chair back, or even as simple as pushing the chair back or simply sitting back in the chair. Heed the cues. Do not make the interviewer impatient by droning on at this point.

If the interviewer is not skilled at interviewing, help wrap up the interview by simply asking "Is there anything additional that you wish to discuss with me? I know that you are busy and I appreciate the time that you have given me in order to conduct this interview in such a thorough and professional manner." You may choose to request a commitment from the interviewer to notify you when a job applicant has been selected. Further you may indicate or imply that this position being offered by the firm or organization is not the only one that you are considering. Some examples of these requests for commitment include "By what date will you make your decision on this position? I would appreciate knowing within the next few weeks so I can finalize my plans."

It can be a good idea to determine follow up activities that the interviewer would like, before you leave the interview and the interview room. If a second interview is arranged write down the date, time, place and names of all the people involved in the next step of the interview process. Alternatively you could put this data in your Blackberry. If you are expected to provide additional information, credentials, references or work samples, note that as well and ensure that you verify what you are supposed to do before you leave.

If you are seriously interested in the job, say so. There is nothing wrong with that. As long as the praise and compliments of the firm, the organization and their missions are sincere there is nothing wrong with this. Most people and firms seldom get the recognition that they deserve and appreciate hearing it. Just as in effective sales techniques the person who asks is the most likely to receive. Interviewers are impressed by applicant's expressions of interest; candidates who directly express their interest strengthen their position in the interview process and ultimately in being offered the position at hand, or even more.

In the end it's a process. You have to finish the final steps. It's as simple as that. Those that ask, get. Those that do not ask seldom get.
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