If you’ve come to this step in the selection process, your resume and cover letter have been successful in convincing the recruiter. He now wants to meet with you to learn more about you and your professional career.
Although you have taken a step in the right direction, do not slack off, a job interview is getting ready. Recruiters often tend to ask the same questions, so you can prepare your answers in advance so as not to be caught off guard during the meeting.
Once the recruiter has gathered all the information he needs, the interview is coming to an end. Don’t take those last few minutes lightly, because they’re just as crucial as the rest of the conversation. It is essential to make sure that your interlocutor leaves this interview with a good impression.
How do you end an interview in style? Read carefully our tips and tricks to avoid mistakes and possible missteps and return home relaxed and light-hearted.
Ask your questions
“Do you have any questions?” is often the last question the recruiter asks the candidate during a job interview. Think about what information you would like to have to be ready to answer this question and show your curiosity and interest in the company.
If you have no questions about the position because the recruiter has already answered it during the exchange, you can find out about the company, your future team, or the recruiter’s impressions.
- How is the team organized?
- Do you offer training to employees?
- What are the working hours?
- Is it possible to telework?
- What do you think of my profile?
Learn about the rest of the process
Recruiters often appreciate it when the candidate takes the initiative to learn about the recruiting process. Indeed, this question at the end of the interview is synonymous with enthusiasm and interest for the position to be filled.
You will be able to know the rest of the procedure and have peace of mind knowing what to expect during the various stages of the selection. You can ask the recruiter the type of interview planned if your application is successful and the people you might meet.
Also ask if a practical exercise is planned to test your skills and, if necessary, find out about the modalities and duration of the exercise.
Thank your interlocutor
Thank the recruiter for the time granted during the interview is an essential mark of respect. Be courteous and grateful for leaving a good impression on the person who received you.
Here are some polite expressions that you can use:
- Thank you for your time.
- It was a pleasure to meet you, thank you for inviting me to this interview.
- I thank you for having me.
Don’t forget to leave the room smiling and offering a handshake to your interlocutor. Following the interview, you can also send him an email to thank him again and reiterate your motivation.
The error that many candidates do and believe that the interview is over when the recruiter stands up. The exchange is not over, however, until you leave the company, even if the interview went well. So, avoid slacking off at all costs.
In fact, on your way out you may meet one of your future colleagues or a receptionist, for example, who can witness your attitude. Avoid looking at your phone, this is an opportunity to chat in a more informal tone and score points with your potential team.
You can also gather useful information: the neighborhood, the state of transport or the organization of offices, for example. You will be able to further reveal your personality and highlight a professional, but a friendly image. Be careful, however, not to hold someone for too long if they seem in a hurry.
If the interview went badly
If you have the impression that the interview hiring did not go as you would have liked, you can choose to be honest and tell the recruiter to ask how they feel.
The recruiter may be transparent and give you their opinion, but it is also possible that they prefer not to comment until they have seen other candidates. In any case, if you ask him this question, you must be ready to hear the answer, whether positive or negative.
If the recruiter shares your feelings and tells you that you don’t fit the profile the company is looking for, try not to show your disappointment and stay positive. A new opportunity will present itself, and you still have every chance of finding a job that suits you.