If you feel that the interview went well and you want to take the next step, take the opportunity to express your interest to the interviewer. Try an approach like the following: “After learning more about your company, the position and responsibilities, I believe that I have the qualities you are looking for. Are there any issues or concerns that would lead you to believe otherwise?”
This is an effective closing question because it opens the door for the hiring manager to be honest with you about his or her feelings. If concerns do exist, you may be able to create an opportunity to overcome them, and have one final chance to dispel the concerns, sell your strengths and end the interview on a positive note.
A few things to remember during the closing process:
Make sure that you have thoroughly answered these questions during the interview: “Why are you interested in our company?” and “What can you offer?” Express appreciation for the interviewer’s time and consideration.
Don’t expect an offer to be made or a specific salary to be discussed during your first interview.
Candidates often second-guess themselves after interviews. By asking good questions and closing strongly, you can reduce post-interview doubts.
After your interview, follow-up is critical. When you get in your car or have a moment, immediately write down key issues uncovered in the interview so that you can address them in your 2nd interview. Think of the qualifications the employer is looking for and match your strengths to them. A thank-you letter or email can be written no later than 24 hours after the interview. Be sure to call your Search Consultant to discuss your interview and your next steps.