Once you've made it past the initial interview, the company has made an evaluation that you are qualified for the job. The purpose of a final interview is to determine whether you would be a good fit for the company, according to Carole Martin, author of "Boost Your Interview IQ," quoted on the Net-Temps website. Following a few tips can increase your chances of being the candidate the company ultimately selects.
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Be Ready for Behavioral Questions
Behavioral questions are often included during a second interview, according to Katherine Hansen, Ph.D., author of "A Storied Career," writing for the Quintessential Careers website. Research the company and talk to insiders if possible, Hansen advises. "Are you going to hit the ground running after you're hired? Or are you going to be high-maintenance? That's what employers want to find out," claims Kevin Donlin, president of Guaranteed Resumes, writing for the Net-Temps website.
You May Meet With Several People
During the final interview, you will likely meet with your prospective supervisor and possibly with a number of would-be colleagues, according to Hansen and employment portal Monster.com. You may have several meetings conducted one after another, or meet with a panel of interviewers. Collect business cards from everyone so that you can write individual thank you notes later, Hansen recommends.
Polish Up Your Etiquette and Conversation Skills
A final interview may take place over lunch or dinner, or during an informal social event conducted on or off the premises, according to the Florida State University Career Center. Practice good etiquette and demonstrate your conversational skills. Use the occasion to evaluate whether the company is a good fit for you, the Career Center advises.
Prepare Relevant Questions
Prepare a list of questions to ask during the final interview, Monster recommends. Ask about the pros and cons of working for the company. Inquire about the company culture and what it takes to succeed. Evaluate whether the company is a good fit for your qualifications at the same time the company is evaluating you. "You must prepare to answer if you are the best person to do the job, not just whether you can do it," claims Irene Marshall, president of Tools for Transition, writing for The Ladders website.
Come Ready to Talk Money
Do not bring up salary unless you receive an offer or the interviewer raises the subject, warns Lawrence Alter, president of outplacement firm L.D.A. Enterprises, Ltd, writing for Net-Temps. If you receive an offer, don't give an immediate response, Alter and Hansen recommend. Consider the entire compensation package, not just the salary, Alter recommends. Be prepared to negotiate salary and other aspects of the job, such as travel, Hansen advises. If you don't receive an offer, ask about when the company might make a decision, Hansen and the Florida State University Career Center recommend.