How to close your interview

Don’t fall at the final hurdle! The end of an interview is your chance to show exactly how interested and enthusiastic you are about your prospective employer and new job with a series of informed and intelligent questions.

End the interview on a high note with questions worth asking. The aim is to show how well-suited you are to the role and how much you can add to the organisation.

As ever, the key is homework and planning and you should take your cues from the main body of the interview – some employers give a full explanation of the business and the part they expect you to play in it, while others are just waiting to be asked.
As a result you need to be adaptable – by all means prepare a list of at least half a dozen questions, but make a mental note about which of them have already been answered during the course of the conversation and try not to duplicate, or it may look like you haven’t been paying attention. Just make sure you have something to say.
Show you have done your research:

Based on the information you have already squirreled away as part of your preparation, ask some informed questions, such as: how your role fits into the overall hierarchy and how the job might grow or develop? This will help you understand how your career might progress and what the expectations are on both sides. When it comes to the nitty gritty of day-to-day employment, don’t be scared to ask about how you will be evaluated and any probation period. It’s useful to ask what a typical day looks like and what is regarded as part of staff routine to show you are really thinking about how you would fit in and work successfully.

Turning the tables:

It’s more than likely your interviewer was once in the same position as you, so there’s no harm in picking their brains to learn a little more about the journey from new recruit to senior management helping to select staff. How did they start out and why? Do they have a top tip for someone sitting at the other side of the desk with lots of ambition?

Is there a killer final question?

Take the chance to turn the tables once more and get the interviewer to give you one last chance to sell yourself. The secret is to ask if there is anything they would like you to explain further or if there is anything you might have missed? Their final impression will be of a candidate eager to impress and do a good job.

"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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Sini Chandran MARLA
Sini Chandran MARLA Property Manager at Foxtons

Ian is the best recruiter I’ve ever come across. Throughout the entire process he was instinctive, helpful, prompt and kept me up to date at every stage. He encouraged me stay positive during the different stages of the recruitment process and I felt I could approach him with any query I had. He is truly passionate about his job and goes above and beyond any other recruiter I’ve dealt with!

SIMON WOOD
SIMON WOOD CANDIDATE

Having received countless calls from recruitment agencies that I could not wait to get off the phone to, I received a call from Rayner Personnel. As my CV was not up to date they offered me a role and when I mentioned my skill set he immediately offered me a role which matched for a very respectable company. Rayner Personnel were incredibly helpful and had the patience of a saint whilst going through the interview process and I was successful in my job application with the company. I cannot recommend Rayner Personnel enough!

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I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for the help you provided me on my job search. The communication was fantastic and after only speaking to you for the first time within the hour I had multiple job interviews that were relevant to my search criteria. I would happily recommended you Rayner Personnel to anyone within the industry.

SIMON WEBB
SIMON WEBB GROUP PRODUCTION MANAGER, GPEA LIMITED

There are two reasons I would recommend Rayner Personnel. The first is their customer service: as a candidate looking for work I was always able to speak to someone quickly and get answers when I needed them. Secondly, and most importantly, they understand their industry, clients and candidates: Rayner Personnel were able to put me in front of businesses that presented a challenge I would find engaging, and at the same time I would be of benefit to the employer. They thought outside of the box too to come up with ideas for where to place me that others wouldn't have thought of and couldn't have had the contacts to make happen. This is a professional, friendly service that delivers.

SIOBHAN STAUNTON
SIOBHAN STAUNTON ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

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.

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