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First Website Impressions Last Longest

The end of the interview is your last opportunity (it is nearly over)to make a personal impact on your prospective employer. Here are a few tips to ensure your final impression is a positive and lasting one.

What Questions Should You Ask?

After an in-depth interview, it is sometimes disconcerting when you are asked to think of questions for the interviewer yourself. However, well thought out, relevant questions will further demonstrate a genuine interest in the role and the organisation. For example:

“What activities would be involved in an average day?”

“What are the best and worst aspects of the role?”

“Why is the role vacant?”

“Who would I be working with?”

“Who is your major competitor?”

If you can build on points that have been raised in the interview this will also demonstrate your attentiveness. For example:

“You mentioned earlier that you were launching a new product line. How will that impact on your current lines?”

Closing the Interview

It is standard for the interviewer to end with a phrase such as, “Thanks for coming in, we’ll be in touch.” At this point most candidates will say, “Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.” you must let the interviewer know if you are interested in the job. A close such as, “Thank you. I’ve enjoyed the interview and am very interested in the role. When will I hear?” will significantly improve your chances of success. Ending your interview should be treated with the same discipline as getting prepared for your interview.

See Also

Before your Interview

During your Interview

Handling those Interview Questions

How to Get into the Events Industry

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