In a job interview, sometimes the straightforward approach is the best solution. That being said, most job seekers don’t think to do the obvious and ask for the job. Some feel it improper to ask and others are deterred by their introverted personality. Though American culture is generally a direct one, explicitly asking for the job seems to be too blunt for our tastes. Yet you may get passed over, in spite of your qualifications, if you fail to ask what is the next step.
But why is that the case? Shouldn’t suitable qualifications be enough to land any job? Not necessarily.
Technical skills are important, but if they were the sole deciding factor, there would be no need for interviews at all. Software programs would be used exclusively to parse through resumes for keywords and the person with the apex skill set would win every time. But that’s not the case.
Employers want you to want the job
Employers, in addition to technical prowess, want someone who will be engaged in the position and the company’s overall success. Consider this: $11 billion is lost in annual revenue due to employee turnover, so hiring managers tread lightly and weigh more than technical skills in their final decisions.
Asking for the job shows hiring managers that you are already engaged with the idea of working for them. This direct statement shows that your interest hasn’t waned and you are eager to begin new challenges in a new career. However, there is definitely a wrong way to ask for the job in your interview.
How to ask for the job
You don’t want to come off as a desperate panhandler or an egotist entitled to the position. The proper way to ask about the next step requires some finesse. These phrases can help you to get over any jitters and keep you sounding humble, composed, and professional:
• “What is the next step in the hiring process?”
• “I would really like to work with you and your team. You company seems to be a perfect place for my skills and experience.”
• “I’m confident I’d be a good fit. I hope to hear from you soon.”
by James Walsh