7 Ways to End an Interview

how to end an interview

Ending an interview is an art form. It is one of the strongest forms of showing your business etiquette and previous business experience. This final interaction shows your employer that you know how to close meetings in impactful and presentable ways.

The end of an interview is important for you as a job seeker because it determines whether or not you’ll move onward with the stages of the interview process. And while small, knowing how to close an interview or the “thank you” email method can make or break your chances of getting employed.

how to end an interview

There are seven professional ways to close an interview. And with the example closing statements provided below, you can put these methods into action for yourself.

The Methods of Closing An Interview (How to End an Interview)

The Arthur J. Kania School of Management outlines seven telling methods for closing an interview.

They are described as the following:

The only two methods that you should cautious of are the “Standing-Room-Only Close” and “Trial Close”. In these two methods, you should only use them when you feel you are at risk of either getting too low of an employment offer or not getting the job offer altogether.

The “Trial Close” tells the employer that you feel you are a strong candidate, but that they cannot see it. And the “Standing-Room-Only Close” is when you feel overly confident about getting the job but want a stronger offer.

Closing Statement Examples

Here is how you can close the interview using each of the methods described above.

Summary Close

“This was an incredible interview. I wanted to share that in 2016 I was part of the team that helped add 23% net sales to our sales department by deploying the Salesforce CRM. I felt it was impactful to share that with you based on our conversation today. And I would be more than happy to share more with you by email if you need it.”

Direct Close

“I appreciate our discussion today. I feel very compelled towards this company. And I want you to know that I feel extremely passionate about receiving this position. Please let me know what I can provide to help you and ensure I get this position.”

Balance Sheet Close

“This was an incredible discussion. It seems like from the discussion, the job requires a significant amount of team building. I wanted to share that in 2016, I was able to add over 13 new engineers to our staff. And I would be more than happy to share more metrics like that if you need them.”

Compliment Close

“I’m so passionate about team building, project management, and collaboration. Which are all north stars of this position. Please let me know what you need from me to help make a decision.”

Standing-Room-Only Close

“Before we move forward I want to inform you I have received a significant offer from one of your competitors. And I want to be fully transparent about that. I’d love to move forward with this company but the offer is lucrative and that is having an impact on my decision making. I hope you can understand.”

Testimonial Close

“Before we depart, I can tell from our conversation that customer service is important in this role. I’d be more than happy to share testimonials and compliments I’ve received from our customers in my previous position.”

Trial Close

“I have a sense that from this conversation you might not be sold on my abilities to perform this job. And that’s okay. There are weak points in my resume that allude to that. I would be more than happy to perform a one-week unpaid trial here so you can see my abilities. I’d really love to pursue this position.”

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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