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How to Close, Follow-Up and Negotiate An Interview Offer

You’ve sent your resume and you’ve gone through the interview process – it’s now time for arguably the most crucial part so far.

How you act post-interview will not only give your potential employer an idea of how serious you are about the position but will also give you peace of mind that you’ve acted professionally throughout and will provide an idea of what you can expect moving forward.

However, the stages of closing, following-up and negotiating multiple interviews can be daunting to some people – especially those with limited interview experience. So, to ensure you don’t fall at the final hurdle and continue to impress even after your interview is over, here are some tips on how to improve interview experience to increase your chance at getting hired. 

The Close

A lot of people assume ‘closing’ at the end of an interview means securing a job offer there and then, but this simply isn’t the case.

It’s highly unlikely any organization will offer you the role immediately after your interview, as they’ll probably have plenty of other candidates to consider.

A post-interview close typically involves enquiring about the next steps, ‘closing in’ on precisely when you’re likely to be contacted with further information, and whether or not there are any more interview stages you’ll have to go through.

Make sure to secure this information from your interviewer before you leave, so you’re fully prepared and will have the perfect opportunity to follow-up at a later date.

Following-Up

You’ve established you’re going to be contacted within a week of your interview date with their hiring decision. But, it’s been 10 days and you still haven’t heard anything – this is where you follow-up.

Sending an email is more than enough for this step. Simply addressing the person in question and asking for an update as to when you’re going to hear is perfectly acceptable. Everyone gets busy, and sending a quick reminder to show you’re still waiting and keen to find out is sure to speed-up the process.

However, it’s important not to be pushy or rude when following-up. Sending a harsh, blunt email demanding to know why you haven’t heard back is going to do nothing but annoy your interviewer and make you come across badly.

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Choosing the Right Position

When applying for jobs, it’s likely you’ll get more than one interview for various different positions. If you’re lucky enough to receive more than one job offer, it’s important you use your experiences to choose the right one for you.

During the interview stage, you should have gained a general idea of what your place of work and future colleagues are going to be like – in addition to the overall morale of the organization.

So, when receiving more than one job offer, it’s important to look back at your experiences with the company and ask yourself one key question: ‘what can this organization offer me that the others can’t?’.

If you can think of multiple reasons why you should select one particular role over the others, it’s a no-brainer as to which one you should choose! But, if you’re struggling to find any significant benefits from one of your offers, that’s a sure-fire indication it’s perhaps not the right fit for you.

Negotiation

Just because you’ve received a job offer, this doesn’t mean you have to settle for exactly what they’ve offered you – this is where negotiation comes in to play.

Higher starting salaries and better company benefits are some of the most popular features people tend to negotiate for, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do the same. However, it’s important to take negotiation very lightly and not over-do it, as it could put potential employers off hiring you altogether.

If you’ve received multiple job offers, tell your chosen organization precisely what you’ve been offered elsewhere. This will create a sense of competition, and instantly let them know they’re not the only option you have (even though they’re the one you want!).

If they like you enough to hire you, it’s likely leverage could be possible. If you want a slightly higher salary, tell them you’ve received an offer of a higher salary elsewhere, suggesting this could be a deal-breaker for you.

Whilst it’s unlikely they’ll be able to give you an answer right away as higher authorities may need to be spoken to, creating the sense that you’re ‘in-demand’ will subtly signal that they should be offering more to secure your acceptance.

How you act post-interview is enough to make or break your chances of getting hired – something many people underestimate!

This stage is just as important as both the application and interview processes and forms those final crucial steps in accepting an offer.

For more advice on how you should approach any of these skills, we offer a bespoke range of interview training here at MMG, specifically targeted to address your specific concerns – including the post-interview stage!

How can Maxwell Management Group Help you Land your Dream Job?

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  1. Interview Coaching
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  3. Professional Guides for Networking & Job Search

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