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Ending the Job Interview



How you end the job interview is just as important as how you conducted yourself during the entire interview process. First impressions are important but the way you leave the room will leave a lasting impression that will either endear you to the interviewer or convince them that you are simply not right for the job. Just because the interview as at an end does not mean that you are now able to relax. This is the time to make your mark. If anything the way you end the job interview is possibly the most stressful part of the entire process.

The Proper Way to End the Job Interview

When wrapping up the job interview you will want to make sure that you understand what comes next. Many companies have several steps to an interview starting with a one-on-one with a representative from the human resource department or a supervisor from the department looking to hire help. Before you leave the room make sure you have a clear cut plan about additional interviews or meetings and that you have the date and time correct. You certainly do not want to leave the interview with a vague idea of when the next meeting may occur. Do not be afraid to ask for clarifications if you fail to understand what the next step is.

You should also take this time to ask questions of the interviewer. Often the interviewer, before ending the meeting will ask if you have any questions. Many believe that declining this opportunity is polite but the truth is interviewers are looking for inquisitive and curious individuals. By asking questions you are displaying enthusiasm about the position.

Good Questions to Ask at the End of the Job Interview Include:

  • What can I expect from the follow-up interviews?
  • Who will be conducting the additional interviews?
  • When is a final decision expected to be made?
  • Do you require additional information from me for the follow up interviews?

End by thanking the interviewer for the opportunity and state that you look forward to working with the company. This displays a level of confidence which is often enough to convince the interviewer that you are the right candidate for the job.

Remain professional throughout the job interview especially at the end when the questions are coming to an end and the atmosphere begins to relax. Just because the interviewer is starting to relax does not mean that you can. Ending the interview inappropriately will quickly undo all that hard work you put into the process.

When you first entered the room you were mindful of your presence. The way you held yourself, greeted the interviewer, the way you sat, and how you held your hands. Body language speaks volumes and the interviewer is going to be on the lookout for this. Body language remains important until you leave the building’s property. Keep this in mind. A careless scowl or disparaging word muttered under your breath might be enough to ruin all your efforts.

A Few More Thoughts on the Ending the Job Interview

Ending the interview on a high note will make a positive impression. Before you leave make sure you have the name and title of any personnel involved in the interview process. Shake hands and make eye contact with everyone before taking your leave. Thank everyone in turn if there are more than one interviewer and use their name, or title. This shows that you paid attention during the interview and care enough to remember their names.

Let the interviewer know that you are looking forward to hearing back from them and thank the room again before leaving. As you leave the premises resist the urge to loosen your tie or take down your hair. Remain professional and smile at anyone you encounter you never know who is a manager or who is just a temp.

Ending the interview can make your break you. Be mindful of your body language and make sure to ask questions to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position. If you end the job interview on a positive note you are guaranteed to receive that important follow up interview.

Additional Resources:

Preparing for an Interview-

The Best Questions to Ask in an Interview -

Tips on Asking Questions During a Job Interview -

Questions Not to Ask an Employer During a Job Interview -

Job Interview Questions and Answers -


Source: The editors of McGraw-Hill and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Big Book of Jobs, 2009-2010,� 2009 by the McGraw-Hill Companies. “Adapted” with permission of the publisher. This article may not be reproduced in any form without permission of the publisher.

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