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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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Ending Your Interview (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter explains how to act and speak during the last few minutes of your interview.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about ending the interview properly.

I'm not talking about asking great questions.  I'm talking about the very last moments you are speaking with someone. I'm 1st to talk about it in the context of an in person interview.  Then I'm going to come back to the phone interview.  Even asked all the questions.  They've answered all the questions.  It is the obvious time and everything is ending. 

There comes a point where you are going to be saying goodbye.  Everyone stands up.  They do the handshake.  The escorted out.  Here's what you do.  You stand up, shake hands and stand tall, without appearing like you're being formal, you put a great smile on your face, make your face appear warm and say, "Thanks. This is been a really great meeting.  I've enjoyed talking with you. I hope to hear from you soon about next steps." You do it in a way that just seems friendly and engaging.

If this is a phone interview, standing is irrelevant to the equation.  However, your voice is your sales tool. So when it comes to the end of the conversation, they may say, "So, is there anything else," or something like that.  You use those same words.

"I just want to thank you for making time. I thought it was a great conversation. I'm really interested in the role and I look forward to hearing from you about next steps."

You don't say it formally and businesslike.  You said with a warmth to it.

Acting and interviewing go hand in hand. There is a form of theater to it.  At the very end of the interview, you want to make that personal connection to let them know that you are interested.  Saying these things and acting in this particular way goes a long way toward doing it.  New line does it guarantee that you get the job?  No.  What it does do give you the chance to make a heartfelt connection with the other person so that, in this way, they like you and want to see more of you.

Again, it doesn't guarantee anything, any more than all my other tips guarantee anything.  However, it does advantage you over the competition and that's what you will be looking for.

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.”

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