So you’ve finally made it to the interview for that dream IT job. Things seem to be going well. You’re not cracking under pressure, you’ve done the technical exam, and you’re now looking at the closing moments of the interview. This is the time when you’re meant to shine. But how do you close such an interview?
It is now standard practise for hirers to ask if the potential employee has any questions, and this is where you can get to a position where you ‘close’ the interview with a good lasting impression. Ask questions that are thoughtful, and demand answers you can’t find anywhere else. Some good questions to ask are:
What do you enjoy most about working here?
How is performance measured in this job?
What would be my success criteria for the first six months?
These questions will get the interviewers thinking, and that’s a great way to leave that lasting impression and close the interview well.
Restate why you’re worth hiring
One thing that can close out the interview really effectively is a restatement of your value for the organisation. Simply put, if you can briefly reiterate what it is that you will bring to the role and why that is so essential to the organisation, then you are sharing your value again. And you’re doing this at the end of the interview, which makes it very effective.
It’s amazing how many people don’t do the most obvious thing and simply tell the interviewers that they are still interested in the job. It’s a key aspect of the job interview process, and just means you telling the interviewers that the interest is still there.
Interviews work both ways, and if you don’t inform the interviewers that you are still interested after the interview has taken place, it may come across as you perhaps not being interested. Again, this sounds about as basic as it could ever be, but so many people don't make this clear intention to work in the organisation apparent.
It's a great idea to send quick thank you to the interviewers for their time and consideration.
This common courtesy email places you ‘front of mind’ for the interviewers. While this may not mean you get the job, it helps you stand out as a potential candidate, and means that you will most likely be considered on a serious level. Politeness and courtesy go a long way in IT, and if you’ve been polite enough to thank the interviewers, you could quite easily find yourself working for them soon.
Be sure to use these techniques the next time you are about to get up and head for the door. You’d be surprised at how effective and easy it is to close out an IT interview well!