We would discuss here what to do after the interview is over; from the moment the interviewer is done asking questions till the time you walk out of the premises. This is a very under-rated and yet, extremely important step of an interview process.

Closing the Interview

Closing an interview gives you the final chance to leave a positive impression in the mind of the interviewer about you as a prospective employee with the organization.

The following few steps will help you in leaving a lasting impression in the mind of the interviewer well after the interview is over.

  • Ask questions to the interviewer. The HR will feel that you have done your research on the company.

  • Shake the interviewers’ hands confidently, if he offers you the hand first. Don’t offer a handshake from your side first, as it is still against customs in some countries to shake hands, especially if the interviewer is a lady.

  • Thank the interviewer(s) for the opportunity and rephrase your interest to work with the company which will leave a positive, enthusiastic impression.

  • Greet the interview appropriately as per the time of the day and walk out gently and maintain composure till you step outside their campus. You will be under evaluation till the time you step outside their working premises.

Questions to Ask the Employer

The questions that are asked to the interviewer at the end of the interview are also considered to be a part of the closing process. By offering to ask a question back to him, the interviewer is trying to address any queries that might be there in your mind about the company’s way of operations or future projects. Some of the questions that can be asked are −

  • What is the next step in the hiring process?
  • What are the challenges specific to this job?
  • How is feedback provided on job performance?
  • How would I be trained or introduced to the job?
  • Are there facilities for employees’ educational growth?
  • Do you have an Employee Training Program? Can you describe it?
  • What are the areas of performance for the person in this position?
  • Can you describe the formal performance review process in your company?

Questions NOT to Ask the Employer

Some candidates, after being encouraged by the interviewer, tend to ask questions on those areas of the job that are confidential and can only be disclosed to employees. By asking questions on those areas, people send a wrong signal that they assume that they have cleared the interview and gotten the job. Here is a list of such questions that you should not ask to an interviewer −

  • Questions about salary, raises, benefits, flex-time, and leave/vacations
  • Questions on position/company whose answers are found on company website

These questions can, however, be asked by working professionals, or by those who have impressive track-records in experience, as they can negotiate their terms openly with the interviewers.