All your hard work paid off.
The interviewer just called to inform you that you’ve made the shortlist. Now what?
You’re likely very excited, and rightfully so, since you’ve obviously done things right so far. Now you need to be ready for the final round of interviews.
Generally, the final interview will involve a human resources representative, a department manager, and an executive such as the CEO or vice president of marketing, depending on what the position is.
What to Expect in the Final Interview?
The final interview will combine negotiations and getting to know you better. The common questions you answered in the earlier interview(s) will not be relevant. Instead you can expect questions such as the ones below.
Question: Once we hire you for (insert task) what are your plans?
Be careful here!
This behavioral question is used to separate team players from loners who might make changes that would upset the team. Don’t come across too confident and don’t make predictions that you will not be able to pull off. Answer with the correct mix of goal setting and being a team player.
What makes you right for (insert job here)?
Translated the question is what can you do for their company?
This question focuses on achievement, which demands that you have the knowledge necessary for the job. You must know at least a little about the company. In fact, the more you know about the company the better.
What are your salary requirements?
This is one of those questions that candidates dread.
Yet it’s key and can’t be avoided in the final interview. Don’t commit to a number. Rather, show that you have been busy doing your homework, and rebuttal stating you are aware of the pay range for this position is between $A and $B.
Tell them you are comfortable with a salary in that pay range. Let them make the first offer in the negotiations.
What Are Your Salary Expectations – Question In an Interview
Dress for Success
This interview needs the same attention to your dress as every other interview.
Have with you extra resume copies, and any other pertinent information, such as a copy of your degree. Try to wear something different than what you wore on other interviews. It will show that you are in possession of a business wardrobe suitable for the position.
Dressing for Success: How to Dress for Interview Success
Tips for Passing the Final Interview
If you’ve qualified for the final interview round, you are on the right track.
However, the process is not over until you get the job offer. Therefore, make sure to follow some guidelines as follows,
- Honesty is the best policy – Many applicants tend to lie during the final interview. This is not smart since eventually it will catch up with you. Instead stick to the truth.
- Preparation is vital – Like any other interview step, preparation is key to your success or failure. Make sure you have researched the company and found out as much as you can about their background.
- Stay relevant – Make sure you stick to the question being asked. Don’t stray away from the topic at hand to irrelevant information.
- Be specific and clarify – Many of the questions during the final interview are behavioral, so be specific with your answers and don’t give too broad of response.
Now that you’re ready for the next interview stage, knock em dead!