The last few minutes of a job interview have a tendency to be a bit murky, where both interviewer and interviewee are unsure of how to end the conversation. If you need advice on closing an interview in a way that is likely to win you the job, read on!
Once a closing signal has been offered, usually in the form of something like, “Well, I have no further questions” it’s your job to take the cue to end the meeting. This is most easily accomplished by stressing how much you have enjoyed your conversation with the interviewer as well as discussing the fact that you are excited about the prospect of working for the company. You should always follow-up statements like these with a question for the interviewer about the information you have provided. Try something like, “Is there any additional information I can provide that will aid you in reaching a decision?” or “What more do you need to know about me in order to make a decision?” Such questions suggest that you are excited about the position and totally forthcoming; it also gives the interviewer a second chance to learn more about you without seeming pushy.
Make sure that when asking follow-up question you use words like “we” “our” and “us” when referring to the company; this suggests that you already have a high-stakes investment in the company, and therefore is more likely to result in a job offer.
If you feel extremely confident about the interview, you can ask a question like, “Based on what you have learned about me, wouldn’t you agree that I’m qualified for this position?” This pushes the interviewer to act, but doesn’t appear rude. Use caution with these statements; if the interview hasn’t been very positive, skip it altogether.
To avoid looking rude at the close of a job interview, never ask questions like these: “Did I get the job?”“Am I hired?” “Well, how about it?” “What are my chances?” or “How does it look for me?” These questions are unprofessional and make you look desperate.
If your follow-up questions don’t end with a job offer, don’t despair; the interviewer may need more time to consider your abilities, gain approval to hire you, or complete other interviews to guarantee that they have chosen the right candidate. It is appropriate to ask the interviewer when he or she expects to reach a decision; just remember that this is the very last question you should ask before leaving.
Dorio, Marc. The complete Idiot’s Guide to The Perfect Interview: 259-261