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A job interview is no different than any other selling experience, only your skills are the product. The closing statement is your last chance to highlight the case for your hiring, so make those final words count. Your approach depends on the type of job you're seeking, how well you read the interviewer's attitudes about your candidacy and your ability to communicate your selling points in a succinct, no-nonsense manner.
The summary closing statement is among the more common approaches that an interviewer will hear. As the term implies, the candidate touts his accomplishments one more time, ending with a reminder of why he wants the job. The tricky part is to sound confident without overselling yourself, the HCareers.com website states. The job-seeker should include two or three examples of what he can offer the company and ask when it might be appropriate to follow up.
Sometimes, a candidate feels sufficiently confident about the impression that he's making to come right out and ask for the job. The appropriateness of this technique depends on how well you read the interviewer, human resources consultant Carole Martin asserts, in a Quintessential Careers column. Asking when you can start may be appropriate for an interview that's gone extremely well and could help close the deal. Other interviewers may feel uncomfortable with this approach and penalize your candidacy accordingly.
Recruiters often finish an interview by asking if the applicant has any questions. This moment offers an opening for an assumptive closing statement, asserts career consultant Bob Marshall, in an analysis for the Top Echelon website. This technique builds around a scenario of how the job-seeker can ease a company's workload if hired. By appealing to an employer's desire to solve problems, you'll make a stronger impression -- one that may help you land the job.
Employers often worry if a candidate has the experience to do the job. One way of easing those concerns, known as the balance sheet closing statement, is to revisit the core competency areas that came up during the interview and why the applicant's background is the right match. Another option is to try a trial closing statement in which the job-seeker reminds the recruiter of his strongest attributes and asks for a trial period to show how those qualities will benefit the company.
Ralph Heibutzki's articles have appeared in the "All Music Guide," "Goldmine," "Guitar Player" and "Vintage Guitar." He is also the author of "Unfinished Business: The Life & Times Of Danny Gatton," and holds a journalism degree from Michigan State University.