Being selected for this final round is great validation of your professional qualifications, however, now the hiring manager is forced to narrow their choice down to one from the remaining two (or three). Meaning, they will be looking for eliminating factors, rather than looking for qualifying factors. Even the most impressive candidate with the best first and second interviews in the pack can inadvertently cross themselves off the list in this stage without careful preparation.
Without being overly guarded, be aware they are the most critical of you at this stage. It is not intended to make you feel self-conscious, although it could come across that way at times. Expect lots of behavioral questions meant to give them the insight into how you’ll interact on a team.
Also, expect these interviews to be long. Expect to be interviewed by multiple people – and ask for a list of names and a schedule ahead of time! Expect to demonstrate your skills in the form of a skills test, presentation, design exercise, etc. (depending on your job), if you have not already. Expect to answer the same question from multiple people.
In broad strokes, they want to see which of the final candidates is the best culture fit. It would be pretty difficult to predict the specific questions you’ll be asked here, so the best thing you can do is research the company well, and have a list of your own questions to ask.
It’s possible you get an offer on the spot, but don’t be discouraged if it comes in a follow up call from your recruiter. Follow ups are much more typical. It may be obvious, but the longer you wait for that phone call, the less likely it is to come through. So no matter how good you feel about a first, second, or third interview, make sure you are continuing to network and apply to new opportunities.
The recruiter, hiring manager, and others have spent a lot of time and money getting you to this point. The ball is in your court, and now is the time to ask specifics about your compensation and anything that concerns you. Refer to your notes, and if you are going to counter or challenge anything, make sure you have researched your arguments very well.
Having all of the details in front of you in writing will enable you to better review the offer and assess any points where you may want to negotiate. Remember, salary is only part of the overall package, there could be other areas where employers are open to discussion, such as bonuses, PTO, professional development/education stipends, benefits etc. Negotiation strategies for maximizing the potential of your compensation package are a multi-part blog series in their own right, so we’ll avoid going into further explanation on this point. If you’re not comfortable with the offer but you really want to work at this company, consider hiring a last minute negotiation coach or calling a trusted mentor.
Even if you don’t presently have children and don’t plan to, it is critical to know how your company handles this situation. While family leave policies are often thought of in terms of maternity or paternity leave, they can also include personal health issues, as well as time to care for an ailing spouse or parent.
Under FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) companies in the US with 50 employees or more are required to protect the job status of full-time employees for up to 12 weeks. However, there are a number of caveats to this law, and those 12 weeks are unpaid. While there are some local laws depending on your city or state that may offer more protection, most municipalities do not and providing additional benefits is at the company’s discretion.
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- What does a typical day look like in this position?
- Can you tell me about the team I’d be working with?
- Who will I be working directly under?
- Are there any reservations about my fit for the role that I can address?
FINAL INTERVIEW TIPS! (How to PASS a Final Job Interview!)
Questions about the company
One important note here: Don’t ask things that you can easily find with a quick Google search (more on this in the “Questions to Avoid” section).
“Think of every open position as a problem or pain point the company is hoping to solve with the right hire,” Amanda Augustine, a career advice expert for TopResume, told Business Insider. “The more you know about the hiring managers expectations and metrics for success, the easier it will be for you to tailor the conversation to demonstrate your fit for the role.”
“If you can find the courage to put your interviewer on the spot, it can help you get a quick read on the situation, provide you with valuable feedback on your candidacy, and give you the opportunity to address any objections the hiring manager may have while you still have that persons full attention,” Augustine said.
While this question may seem forward, Harrison said its a smart question to ask because it shows that you understand the importance of landing a secure position. “It is a black and white way to get to the heart of what kind of company this is and if people like to work here,” he said. Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?
Amy Hoover, SVP of Talent Zoo, recommends this question because its a quick way to figure out whether your skills align with what the company is currently looking for. If they dont match up, then you know to walk away instead of wasting time pursuing the wrong position for yourself, she said. Who would I be reporting to?
Obviously this shows your eagerness about the position, Harrison said, but it also gives you a better idea about what the job will be like on a daily basis so you can decide whether you really want to pursue it. “A frank conversation about position expectations and responsibilities will ensure not only that this is a job you want, but also one that you have the skills to be successful in,” he advised.
14. Is this a new position? If not, why did the previous person leave?
While it might be uncomfortable to ask, asking this shows you’re on the ball, and interested in how the organisation works. Knowing if the person in the role before you was fired, promoted or left of their own accord is valuable to know before you dive into the same position.
What is usually asked in final round interview?
What are the top 5 questions to ask an interviewer at the end?
- What do you personally like most about working for this organisation? …
- What do you find most challenging about working for this organisation? …
- How would you describe your organisation’s culture? …
- Can you tell me about the kind of supervision you provide?
What are the top 5 questions to ask an interviewer?
- Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role? …
- How could I impress you in the first three months? …
- Are there opportunities for training and progression within the role/company? …
- Where do you think the company is headed in the next five years?