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End Interviews the Right Way | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to end interviews in any way that does not lead people on.

Summary

The advice I'm giving today is about one of those small things that can be very damaging to your organization and that is how you end things with a candidate.
Now the history behind this episode comes from an interview I had with someone. It was a third interview with an area manager for a firm, done by phone, and at the end of the interview, the hiring manager goes, "Well,. the next step is going to be we're going to bring you into New York to meet with my boss. We'll fly you in for this interview." Two days later. I get a call from HR. We're not interested. The manager didn't think she was a good fit.
Okay, firms are entitled to turn someone down, quite obviously. That's not the issue. The issue is the impact of what he said at the end of that interview. Number one was to give this woman an idea, and a reasonable idea, that she was going on to further interviews. If you're not interested don't say stuff like that. All you have to do is to say, "we're going to get back to the recruiter and we'll let you know in the next couple of days."
Now, I'll simply say that if you're going to reject people, if you're not sure, make a statement like that. Matter of fact. I think that should be the common practice for all job interviews. At the end of the interview, you say, "we're going to get back to the recruiter" or "We'll get back to HR and will let you know our thoughts in the next day or two," because, otherwise, if you say stuff like this, the impact is you have an annoyed job applicant and if you think people don't express themselves on the web you're mistaken.
You guys are looking for information on the web about Job applicants. Well, job applicants are looking for information about you and when they hear stuff like this or worse, obviously the impact is to be reluctant to interview and reluctant to trust you and you don't want that to happen. You don't want this kind of publicity out there, criticizing your organization, especially especially for someone you might not be interested in.
So, keep it simple. All you have to do is say, at the end of the interview, we're going to get back to HR and will be in touch the next day or two

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach

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

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 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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How to End a Job Interview The Right Way | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to conclude your job interview to create a great impression.

Summary

Hi! I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called The Big Game Hunter because I hunted down leaders and staff organizations for more than 40 years now today. I want to talk with you about how to in an interview in the best way you possibly can.

Interviews are pretty predictable. You know, you walk in the door, you are going to be kept waiting for little bit. You walk in. Some interviewer is going to ask you to tell you to tell them about yourself . . . And you are going to answer that. You are asked to be asked to answer more questions where they are going to qualify your experience for them. Eventually, they ask you, “So, do you have any questions for us?” You are going to say, “Tell me about the job.” They do that (I don’t think that “tell me about the job” is the ideal question. I go into what to ask in other videos and some of my e-books. But I'll deal with that another video at another time). But, eventually you are going to come up to a natural ending point in the conversation and this is the way I would like you to end things.

“So, is there anything that you've heard so far that gives you ‘cause for pause’ or hesitance or that you need me to speak to more in order to feel comfortable that you know what you need to evaluate my candidacy for the role?”

if you want to do that question in fewer words, “is there anything else that you need to know about me that allows you to alleviate any concerns that you have do you have? Do you have any concerns that it might be able to address?” Those are different kinds of questions that ask the same thing.

I think the 3rd one, “Do you have any concerns I could address,” is a good one because too many people walk out the door of an interview and have no idea where they stand. By asking that kind of a question, they get and opportunity to take a 2nd run at whatever that issue is that the interviewer has identified that's giving them the reluctance to hire you, continue you in the process . . . stuff along those lines. You want to have an opportunity to sell yourself against that reluctance.

So, ask that question as you wind up the interview and then, if you're interested in the job, I want to continue (after they have answered that question, of course) by saying, “I just want you know how interested I am in this role and I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps.”

Real simple, but too often interviewers are unsure as to whether the candidate is interested. If they need a tiebreaker between 2 people, the interest of the job hunter is the tiebreaker that they use because they hate to extend offers that are ultimately turned down

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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Ending the Interview Right! | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the way to end a job interview and leave a great impression.

Summary

Let's talk about ending the interview. You've been sitting with them for about 45 minutes to an hour, or you've finished a phone call but, more often than not, this scenario is going to come up in the in-person interview.

Let's say your meeting with one person on your agenda; let's say your meeting with five. Whoever the final person is, they are going to be prepared to usher you out the door. Your final words to this person need to demonstrate your interest in the role. Why? Often this is used as a tiebreaker in a hiring manager's mind.

Here's how it works. They had decisions to make and will decide between you and several other people. How will they choose? Skills, obviously, come into consideration. There are a variety of different attributes they are looking for and personality they are evaluating you for.

Often, there is a very fine line between people. One of the things that starts to happen is managers don't want to make offers that they are not sure are going to be accepted. So, one of the tiebreakers they use in their own mind (after all, it's not like are sitting there going through the checklist, but sometimes it is on the checklist), is whether they think this person will accept our offer if we make a fair offer? Are they interested in the job? Do they want to come to work for us

A manager doesn't want to go through interviewing people multiple times for a job; they just want to be in a situation that if they extended an offer is going to be accepted and they will be done with the job.

Thus, your goal at the end of an interview is to demonstrate interest. So, with the last person you meet, you have to make it clear to them that you are interested in the role. It could be saying something as simple as, "I just want you to know how interested in this role I am. I just it will be a great opportunity for me and I would love to work for you." Or end it by saying the same thing plus, "I would love to work for your organization."

These are words that demonstrate sincere interest. You can't say this like it is canned speech. This is one of these times were acting needs to be part of your delivery.

It can be something as simple as, "I just want you are interested I am in the position and look forward to hearing from you about next steps." Or, "I would love to work for you," or, "I would love to work with Suresh," or "I would love to work with Joe," or Sharon or whomever the first name is some of that you met with. "I think this would be a great opportunity. I would love to work for themI would love to work here.I think there is a lot I could do here."

A lot depends upon the role. If you're an executive, there is a different language that you might use.

"I think this offers a great challenge. I have a few ideas of things that like to do but that's for another day."

"My mind is racing." Like I said, there's a different language. You can't make it sound like a canned speech. Again, this is one of these times were acting is a part of what you are going to be doing in your delivery.

Leave them knowing that you are interested. You can go so far as to ask, "what standing between you and extended an offer? Is there any additional information you need for me?"

You can do this on your way out the door so it doesn't appear to be part of any formal interview. Just let them know that you are interested, asked them for the job so that you ended in a way that lets them know of your interest.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.