How to close an interview

The key to successfully ending an interview, after all the pertinent questions have been asked and all the salient answers have been given, is to clearly set out what happens next.

Understandably, the candidate will want to know where they stand – and soon. Will there be a straightforward answer quickly or is the interview process continuing with a number of other hopefuls? Either way, be up front about the timetable and when an answer can reasonably be expected. If the first-round interviews are something of a formality, indicate if a second might need to take place and when that would happen and any other red tape, such as vetting, required before a new employee is chosen.

Once a decision has been made by the management, strike while the iron is hot and secure your new star employee straight away. It is always better to be decisive and move swiftly if possible and it will stop another company snapping up your choice, so telephone straight away with the good news and email shortly after to firm up the offer in writing.

That’s the enjoyable and rather easy part. More difficult is to deliver bad news and tell someone this time, they haven’t quite made the grade. Constructive feedback is useful at this point – so diplomatically tell the candidate why they were unsuitable and what skills they might need to acquire or improve.

Rayner Personnel can of course take this sting out of this particular tail by having that conversation for you, based on an honest appraisal of the interviewee’s performance.

"RAYNER PERSONNEL PLACED ME IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS HEAD OF NEW HOMES FOR MARSH & PARSONS. I FOUND THEM EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL AND ENTHUSIASTIC. I AM HUGELY APPRECIATIVE OF ALL THE ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE THEY GAVE ME. I WOULD USE RAYNER PERSONNEL AGAIN." SIOBHAN STUANTON - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

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IAIN MCKENZIE CEO AT THE GUILD OF PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS

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LEE WAINWRIGHT UK CEO

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GEORGE THOMAS
GEORGE THOMAS CEO AND FOUNDER, KALEIDOSCOPE VENTURES

Rayner Personnel have been fantastic finding us both a Brand Director and Group Managing Director. They have access to some of the best candidates and acts quickly and diligently.

PAUL GILLESPIE
PAUL GILLESPIE DIRECTOR, GIBBS GILLESPIE

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KATE STEARMAN
KATE STEARMAN AREA DIRECTOR, SPICERHAART

I have recently started using Rayner Personnel for the recruitment side of part of our business in Spicerhaart. They have gone above and beyond from the very beginning and have not only sourced excellent candidates but also head hunted a range of desirable applicants. An excellent beginning to our business relationship. Thank you.

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