MBA Interviews | Closing the Interview

Closing Ceremony (image: spitfirelas)

by: Grayson Leverenz

After you’ve finished asking the Recruiter your questions, they will most likely make some closing remarks, and rise with a hand shake to signify the end of the interview. With that, you’ve got about 30-seconds to lead the close using the guidelines below.

1. Shake hands.
Continue to exude confidence and poise with this final hand shake by following the procedure outlined in the “Making a Good First Impression” post.

2. Express gratitude.
Interviewing requires a significant time commitment outside of a Recruiter’s already busy schedule, and they will appreciate your recognition. Thank them sincerely for taking the time to share more about the company and the position with you.

3. Tell them you want it.
If you really want a spot in this MBA program, or a job offer with this company, tell them. The fact that you are interested will matter in the final decision making process. In my experience, if there are four equally qualified candidates and only two openings, the Recruiter leans toward the people most likely to accept the offer.

Here is an example of it all put together. “Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me today. I loved learning more about Best Company Ever and your role in the organization. Best Company Ever really is one of my top choices for an internship, and I would be so excited to get an offer. Thanks again. Have a great day!”

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Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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