At the beginning of an interview, candidates usually find themselves nervous — fidgeting or stammering. However, as the interview goes on, they start to relax. By the end, they may even slide in a joke or overshare something about their professional or personal life. Later on, they question or regret sharing that information.
If you have experienced something similar, you are not alone. A lot of people wish that their interview closing statement was different than what they presented.
To avoid falling into a pit of regret and uncertainty, here are a few tips to see if your interview closing statement is helping or hurting your chances.
1. Reiterate Your Skills
Remember that the closing statement is all about showing the hiring manager why you want to work for the company and why you are the best fit they can ever find!
At the end of your interview, remind the hiring manager of the skills you are bringing to the table.
For example, “In my work as an Operations Manager at company XYZ, I developed a quality management framework that exponentially cut down our team’s manual work. This led to a 15% increase in the team’s efficiency. I believe I can also create effective plans at this firm to improve the team’s performance and efficiency.”
2. Ask the right questions
At the end of an interview, a recruiter usually asks the candidate if they have any questions. Always have at least 2-3 questions ready!
Examples of closing questions include:
- What are your top three expectations from me in the first six months in this role?
- What is one thing you admire about the company’s culture the most?
Are any growth opportunities available for employees?
3. Avoid Sharing Personal Details
Whether an interviewer is asking behavioral or technical questions, keep all your answers relevant to only your professional life. Avoid telling stories about your personal life, e.g. how your divorce has made you a strong woman and you can now take on any challenges that life throws at you.
Sharing such intimate life details can make the situation awkward.
4. Describe a Win-Win Scenario
A win-win scenario is an ideal situation for both the candidate and the company. Sharing such an example can be great for your interview closing statement.
For example: Ever since college, my favorite subjects were Chemistry and Physics. I have always wanted to work in the metals industry. Working at this company will not only fulfill my lifelong dream but also allow me to improve my skills.
Avoid bringing in any personal details such as finances or family issues into the closing statement. For example, I want to work in this company because it will help me pay my bills and it will benefit you because you will find a hard-working candidate in me.
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