Yesterday (15th of April 2015) I had an interesting chat with Adam Gerrard who shared with me some great closing interview questions which is worth asking the employer and often the best time to do it the final interview (usually second stage or face to face).
I will also share my closing interview questions and add some comments to Adam's questions.
Adam's suggested closing questions:
- I’m confident this is the right role for me and I can deliver the services you require.
This is a great way to finish the interview and generally gives good impression, especially if the employer is unsure about your own confidence. The second part is also important because you underline the benefit of employing you.
This particular statement may not suit everyone or you may not have the confidence to say it.
Personally I would suggest to use it when you have the confidence you are the right candidate (words + body language needs to be in sync).
I also want to offer an alternative by changing "I’m confident this is the right role for me" to "I'm confident my skills and experience are suitable for this role". This one is not as strong but may suit your personality more.
- I’ll accept the role if offered.
This is very important because candidates sometimes "disappear" and the person who interviews you might feel anxious about it so if he/she knows that you will accept it might give you extra points comparing to person that is unsure about the role or post pones an interview.
- What else would you require from me to make your decision?
This is your chance to find out what the other person is thinking (concern, questions) and the way it is formulate is ideal as you offer help even if your underlining interest is different. I also recommend to use this at work, people like people who are helpful and do not blame or pressure others, and this is a great example that build a great atmosphere at work.
Adam specializes in finding candidates (contractors) in South West (UK) and to get in touch with Adam click here.
What about my (Emil) questions?
I would definitely use Adam's second and third question and for first question I would stick with my less direct question:
- Describe the qualities that you would find in the ideal candidate for this position?
I would support my question my body language. e.g. show interest (face, posture) or point very gently my hands towards me when something positive is said.
My other closing question are a bit harder for clients as I ask technical questions and try to find out as much as I can about the environment, team, processes and so on (e.g. How do you do this or that. Important note, I don't refer to my past experience/projects.... no one is interested in that, I know it sounds odd.).
This seems to give impression that I know more than they do but it can back fire, if the person who interviews me is not willing to listen to other's people opinion or suggestions, which doesn't bother me as I often don't accept this kind of contracts :) I sometimes feel I do more of the interviewing during the interview than the person who interviews me and if I'm being listened to then very often the roles turned out to be my ideal roles.