There are ways to end your interview to maximize your chance of getting the job offer. But there’s one thing you absolutely should not do if you want to consistently get job offers, and I’ve seen many “experts” dangerously recommend it online.
Here’s the question you should never ask (in any variation): “Based on what we’ve discussed today, is there any reason you wouldn’t consider me for this position?”
You have a few options, and can even combine the following suggestions. First, if you insist on doing something like this, here’s a similar question that’s much better:
“What can I help to clarify that would make hiring me an easy decision?”
Write that down, and never use the first question again. Yes, you want to know how you did after your interview. But unfortunately there’s no way to find out until they tell you their decision, and trying to find out immediately will only hurt your chances.
Ask questions throughout the entire interview, and turn it into a dialogue where you’re gathering information as you go. There are a lot of other great questions to ask the interviewer that will get you a much better result and give you a sense of what they’re looking for (and whether you’re impressing them or not).
Here are some ideas you can use immediately:
There are so many great questions you can ask, and this type of back-and-forth dialogue will give you far more information about how you’re doing in the interview, and what traits and experience you need to show them! Plus, since you’re finding this out as you go, rather than at the end, you’ll be able to turn things around if it’s going badly.
End your interview by looking the interviewer eye, shaking their hand, and saying, “Thanks for your time today, I appreciate it. I’m looking forward to hearing about the next steps, and if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.”
That’s it. If you do this, you’re putting yourself in the best position possible to get the job offer… even if you have to wait a few days to find out you’re getting it.
Originally published at www.business.com