I had my interview today and I think it went very well.
The company outlined the next stage which if short listed would be an aptitude test.
I decided that this was my only opportunity to close the interview with “I want an offer” as you normally only get either an offer or letter of rejection after the test.
I was a bit hesitant but managed to say “John I want an offer, here’s why, I believe that I can make a solid contribution to your company based on my skill set…” I managed to only give two reasons but I don’t actually think that they heard the “here’s why” bit just from the shocked expression on their faces after I said I want an offer. John eventually responded “we will put you in the mix”.
The HR lady wrote down some comment on her sheet after that and led me out.
Man, never used this tactic before but I am feeling really empowered/energized after the interview. I figured the worst they can do is reject me and I can use this interview as a learning experience.
Thanks Mike, Mark and this forum, you guys are an excellent resource for management material at all levels.