Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter explains how to act and speak during the last few minutes of your interview.
I want to talk with you today about ending the interview properly.
I'm not talking about asking great questions. I'm talking about the very last moments you are speaking with someone. I'm 1st to talk about it in the context of an in person interview. Then I'm going to come back to the phone interview. Even asked all the questions. They've answered all the questions. It is the obvious time and everything is ending.
There comes a point where you are going to be saying goodbye. Everyone stands up. They do the handshake. The escorted out. Here's what you do. You stand up, shake hands and stand tall, without appearing like you're being formal, you put a great smile on your face, make your face appear warm and say, "Thanks. This is been a really great meeting. I've enjoyed talking with you. I hope to hear from you soon about next steps." You do it in a way that just seems friendly and engaging.
If this is a phone interview, standing is irrelevant to the equation. However, your voice is your sales tool. So when it comes to the end of the conversation, they may say, "So, is there anything else," or something like that. You use those same words.
"I just want to thank you for making time. I thought it was a great conversation. I'm really interested in the role and I look forward to hearing from you about next steps."
You don't say it formally and businesslike. You said with a warmth to it.
Acting and interviewing go hand in hand. There is a form of theater to it. At the very end of the interview, you want to make that personal connection to let them know that you are interested. Saying these things and acting in this particular way goes a long way toward doing it. New line does it guarantee that you get the job? No. What it does do give you the chance to make a heartfelt connection with the other person so that, in this way, they like you and want to see more of you.
Again, it doesn't guarantee anything, any more than all my other tips guarantee anything. However, it does advantage you over the competition and that's what you will be looking for.
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