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EP 1556 Another 1 of those dumb mistakes that proves costly to you because you miss an opportunity.

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Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for, a site with curated information that you watch, listen to or read that is going to help you find work more quickly.

Today, I am doing 1 of my "stupid interview mistakes" shows and is designed to talk with you about 1 of the dumb things that job hunters do time and again on interviews. This mistake is not closing. You know, you are at the end of the interview.

I talked about interviewing until I am blue in the face. If you haven't seen my material on it, go to YouTube. TheBigGameHunterTV it is my channel. Look for the playlist with interview tips and there is another one with answers to tough interview. There is 1/3 1 about brainteasers where, if you are in the financial services industry or applying to things with hedge funds, Those questions might be helpful to you.

Here, we get to the end of the interview and they asked, "So, do you have any questions for us?"I've covered a lot of the questions before and then you get to the point where you have exhausted the questions and you don't close.

What do I mean by closing?

"What's going to happen next?"It's really that simple question. "What's going to happen next?"

"Do you have any reservations about my candidacy that I can address here?"

"What will next steps look like and what sort of timeline do you have for next steps?"

Why is that important? It conveys interest.It also communicates pure level relationship instead of superior-subordinate. It is leveling the playing field. You are not giving away all of your power to the employer and deem it the right time to call. You are trying to get a sense of what will happen.

"Well, we have 37 more people to talk with.." They are telling you something with that answer that is very different than if they say, "I have 1 or 2 more people to speak with I would like to get you back next week."

What you're doing is learning from them how they see you..

"Do you see any deficiencies in my background, they give you 'cause for pause?'" They will answer that question and, from there you can go, "Oh! I'm sorry didn't address that in 1 of my earlier answers. Can I speak to that, please?"

Again, you're not giving up control the process. You are closing it In a way that allows you to appear strong and in control, just like they want to appear strong and in control.

Again, "What are the next steps?"

"Would you give me a timeline for what those next steps will be?"

"Is there anything here that is giving you reason to hesitate as to whether I can do this position So that, in this way, I'm able to address it."

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. If you like me to coaching with interview preparation, critiquing your resume and/or LinkedIn profile, salary negotiation, Visit There is a tabs on the top that speak to the services that I offer.Click the appropriate one; make payment.We'll schedule a time to speak.

I would love to help you Improve your interviewing because job hunting doesn't have to be hard, difficult, painful or take a long time. Job that they has a different skill set Then doing the job.

Hope you have a great day! Take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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