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How to Ask for the Job during an Interview

A job interview can be an intimidating process, fraught with uneasiness and tension. Here's how to let the hiring managers know you're the right person for the job, then seal the deal by asking for it.


  • Step 1: Lay out the facts and show them why you're the best person for the job if you're not comfortable with the bold approach. Toward the end of the interview, tell the hiring manager, "I think my background and skills are a good fit for this position, and I'm very interested. What's the next step in the hiring process?"
  • Step 2: Express your interest and end the interview with a final question -- “Can you offer me the job?” This approach works well when you have confidence the interview went well and it's clear you're qualified to fill the role. Happy job hunting!
  • FACT: A 2001 University of Alabama study showed a correlation between a firm handshake and a positive first impression.
  • Step 3: Use the answers you receive to tie in your capabilities. Don't assume the hiring managers will make the connection between your qualifications and their needs.
  • TIP: Before asking for the job, make sure it's a position you want and are ready to accept.
  • TIP: Be sure to bring copies of your resume to the interview, in case the interviewers request it.
  • Step 4: Ask relevant questions that highlight your knowledge. Don't spout off random facts, but phrase the questions in a manner that gives you more information about the position. Try to limit yourself to three strong questions.
  • Step 5: Research the company's website or annual report. Gather pertinent information in the event the interviewers test your knowledge.

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