How to end an interview in 9 easy steps (with tips)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 2 September 2022 | Published 31 August 2021

Updated 2 September 2022

Published 31 August 2021

The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.

Although it may seem like the most important part of a job interview is answering questions, the interviewer typically starts assessing your performance from the moment you enter the room. Similarly, ending a job interview the right way can increase your chances of getting the job. Ending the interview in a positive way can leave a great impression. In this article, we explain how to end an interview and why it's important to do it in a professional way and give you additional tips on what to do after meeting with the interviewer.

Why it's important to successfully end an interview

The way you choose to end an interview may sometimes be almost as important as how you perform during the meeting. Closing the interview in a respectful manner is a great way to make a great impression, make yourself memorable and stand out among other qualified candidates. It's also a great moment to show your excitement for the opportunity and passion for the job. This is because the last moments of a job interview, although still very professional, are often less formal and allow for more personal interactions between the candidate and the recruiter.

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How to end an interview

Carefully planning how you'd end your upcoming job interview may increase your chances of getting the job and advancing your career. Consider these tips to learn how to end an interview:

1. Ask relevant questions

It's common for recruiters to leave some time at the end of the interview so that the candidate can ask them questions. This gives you the chance to learn more about the role, the company and your potential employer. When formulating your questions, be sure to make them specific and well-thought-out. Ask about things that haven't been mentioned in the job description. Here are some effective questions you can ask to end the meeting:

  • Does this company plan on entering any new markets within the next few years?

  • How is success measured in this role?

  • What would you expect me to achieve during the first three months?

  • How long have you been working for this organisation?

  • Is this a newly created position?

Related: Questions to ask at an interview

2. Offer to provide additional information or documents

You can ask if the interviewer would be interested in reviewing samples of your work or having a closer look at your portfolio. Doing this can help you position yourself as a confident candidate who's willing to take an extra step in the recruitment process. It also highlights your excitement about the job.

3. Mention your references

If one of the requirements for the recruitment was to provide references, be sure to remind the interviewer about the possibility to get in touch with your referees. Your referees can give them a more objective opinion about your professional skills and experience. In some cases, you can also ask if they would like to get in touch with more people and provide an extension to the list by listing a few more names. Although this may not always be the requirement, it shows that you care and can help you stand out if other candidates have similar qualifications.

Related: When do employers call references? (Plus other FAQs)

4. Show willingness to improve

At the end of your interview, consider asking the recruiter if there's anything you could've done differently to be a better-suited candidate. There may not be any issues with your performance so far, but this is a great way to show your commitment to self-improvement. If an interviewer has concerns about your application or qualifications, asking about them during the interview gives you the opportunity to address those concerns right away.

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5. Restate your interest in the position

After asking the interviewer questions, you can restate your interest in working for the company you're interviewing with. Interviewers want to know you're committed to the position and aware of the challenges of the role. Finding a dedicated and honest candidate who knows what they want often allows the company to save time and smoothly go through recruitment.

6. Ask what to expect from there

If you're interviewing with more than one company, it's always good to ask about the next steps in the recruitment process. For example, you can ask how long it typically takes them to decide if they want to invite you to the second round of interviews and what that would look like. You can phrase your question in a straightforward way, such as 'what are the next steps?' or 'when do you plan to inform candidates of your decision?'

Related: Asking questions after an interview: an example guide

7. Remember about contact information

The end of an interview gives you a chance to let the interviewer know that they can use your contact information if they want to notify you about the results of your interview or ask for additional information. At this stage, you can also ask for their direct contact information, which typically includes their phone number and email address. You can then use it to send a follow-up message and a thank-you note.

8. Thank the interviewer for their time

Thanking everyone for their time makes you look professional. It's an essential element to include at the end of an interview because it shows how engaged and grateful for the opportunity you are. All you need for this is one simple sentence, such as:

'Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.'

Related: What to include in a thank you email after an interview (with examples)

9. Send a follow-up message

Follow up with the interviewer as soon as possible. Typically, you can send a message to them the day after your interview. Address them directly and thank them for their time and consideration. If they asked for any additional information, be sure to send it as an attachment. The follow-up is also a great way to mention any additional skills, certificates or qualifications that you forgot to mention during the interview. This additional information can add to their understanding of you as a candidate.

Related: Follow-up email examples for after the interview

What to do after an interview

After successfully ending the interview and sending a follow-up, there are some additional things you could do to emphasise your interest in the role. A common step that many candidates make is to connect with the interviewer on a business networking site. Even if you end up working for a different company, growing your network may help you advance your career in the future. If the interviewer accepts your request quickly, it may signify that they remember you and want to stay connected. Remember to be respectful and discreet about the recruitment process on your social media.

If you've got more interviews with different companies coming up, you may benefit from analysing your performance during your recent meeting with a recruiter. Write down key points from the interview, including what questions they decided to ask you. The chances are that they may come up during other interviews with companies operating within the same market. Once you've analysed your performance, you may ask yourself if there's anything you could've done differently or better and remember about it next time.

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Additional tips to help you succeed in a job interview

Here are some additional tips that can help you remember the essentials of any job interview:

  • Arrive on time: Arriving at the office is a sign of professionalism that shows your engagement. If your interview takes place online, be sure to notify the interviewer that you're online and ready.

  • Dress appropriately. Knowing the company's dress code is important because it shows that you took the time to do additional research.

  • Take control of your body language. Maintaining eye contact or staying calm shows the interviewer that you're prepared and ready for answering all kinds of questions.

  • Bring a physical copy of your CV. Although interviewers typically print out CVs before the interview or have access to them on their tablets or laptops, bringing a physical copy just in case can save you some nerves and shows your commitment.

  • Refer to the job description. Highlighting your skills that are essential for the role shows that you've carefully read the job description and are ready to take on the challenge.

  • Find things you've got in common with the interviewer. Interviewers may remember you better if they can relate to you in any way or if you share the same passion.

  • Be honest. Interviewers value honest candidates who are ethical and self-aware.

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