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The One Thing You Should Always Say In A Job Interview

Most of us know how to start a job interview – dress appropriately, turn up on time with a smile (and a good handshake).

But how do you end a job interview in a way that makes you stand out from your competition – the sort of way that those cool bright-coloured business socks stand out under trousers (enough to show who you are, but not enough to be too in their face)?

The last few minutes of a job interview can make or break your chances of getting the job.  Would you believe me if I told you there’s something you can say to ensure you’re memorable (in the cool socks way of course, not the ugly-christmas-sweater sort of memorable)?

After you’ve sold yourself and the hiring manager winds up the interview, don’t just thank them and leave.

Before you leave, make sure you say: “I really want this job.”

You’re probably thinking that being so honest sounds desperate, or a bit awkward even… but the rewards are worth the risk! Telling the hiring manager you really want the job demonstrates a few things that they’re actually looking for:


Coming right out with it and saying, “I really want this job,” shows sincerity. Going ‘off-script’ shows that you’re a real person – you’re being authentic and not just saying what you think they want to hear. Authenticity can be in short supply (especially in job interviews) so if you want the job, make sure the hiring manager knows it! 


Being able to confidently say that you want a job also requires you to draw on personal strength. The person you say it to knows that it’s difficult to say – so they’ll remember that you took the courage to do so. Managers appreciate courage in the workplace too whether it’s speaking up when something is wrong, taking initiative, or doing something that’s outside of your comfort zone. 


Admitting that you really want the job actually shows that you’re not overconfident or that you have too much pride. Making the statement acknowledges that the hiring manager is the buyer, and you’re the seller – and that you get that. It shows that you know they make the final decision.

Make your case and give it your all! And don’t forget near the end of the interview to make sure the hiring manager knows how you really feel about the role.

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About the author

Angela Cameron - CA, CPA

Executive Director

A chartered accountant by qualification, she is a recruitment leader by nature.

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