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Always ask for the job

Just a quick question, then I have to go back in my box.

One piece of advice for job interviews I've found is, "always ask for the job." A guest speaker in my Entrepreneur class once said that if an applicant asked him for the job at an interview, he would hire that person on the spot. So I always try to ask for the job at the end of my interviews.

The problem is, I've never found an actual explanation of how to ask for the job without coming across as either needy or arrogant. If I say, "please give me the job," then I sound pathetic. But if I just demand, "give me the job," then I'm a cock. There's got to be a proper way to phrase this request, since so many have recommended it, but I've racked my brain and can't figure out how it's supposed to go. Any advice?

8 comments:

Zuska said...

how about "I would really like this job."

sui generis said...

Well, but that's saying that I would like the job, but it's not the same as asking for the job.

The Goodfellas said...

what is this job you're thinking of?

Nathan said...

How 'bout something like: "So, do I get the job?"

drvono said...

I've never heard this before. I honestly can't think of a polite way to ask for the job.

You should email the professor that told you that.

grubekl said...

I want a new job too! You could just call/email to 'check the status of HR's decision'. That might work.
By the way, hi Andy (this is Kerri)! Where do you live in the Cities? I'm here now too - right near Loring Park in Minneapolis.

sui generis said...

Nathan's idea is pretty good! I should have used that. I'll let you all know my job situation when something concrete happens.

Kerri: I'm in St. Paul! Let's party! Send me email. suigeneris1@gmail.com

John said...

In addition to telling them I really would love to work at their company, I've asked for 'the next step,' so to speak. For instance, asking when they expect to make a decision and who I should check back with about the position. Then they've usually told me the information I wanted to know and I told them I would follow up with them at that time. Then I've ended the interview with something like, "I look forward to talking with you again."
I don't really know how to ask for the job, but it makes sense to me to make it clear you'd really like to work there. Good luck on your job search! hope it goes well. I'd be interested to find out how to 'ask for the job' also if you get more specific ideas on this method.