If you are interested in the job and want a second interview, it is important to try and close the interview. This shows your interest and also demonstrates commercial awareness and confidence. It is especially important when interviewing for sales roles, as it shows that you can close a sale.
We recommend that you say something like this: “I am very impressed with what I have seen here today – your company, its products/services and the people I have met. I would be keen to take it further, what are the next steps?”
However, ask your consultant for any tips on what the interviewer is like and then read the situation – some interviewers like you to be more pushy than others.
A less assertive way of closing the interview could be to say something like: “I have enjoyed talking with you. The job sounds excellent. What are your thoughts about me?” or “Do I have the right sort of experience that you are looking for?”
Either approach gives you a chance to hear the interviewer’s impressions and to counter any negative thoughts or misunderstandings that may come to light. The employer may give you feedback there and then, but it is more likely that they will call your Consultant with feedback. Don’t be discouraged if no offer of a second interview is made or specific salary discussed at the first interview. The employer will probably want to communicate with Media Contacts first before making a decision.
Remember to thank the employer for their time and finish with eye contact and a firm handshake.
Lastly, but most importantly, call your Consultant after each interview. If you are keen and interested in the position, your Consultant will stress this to the person that interviewed you – this will greatly increase your chances of getting to the next interview stage. It is important that we receive your feedback before the client calls us to discuss the interview.