As a candidate, the final round interview is the last opportunity
to show why you’re the best person for the role. What happens in the first
interview can be dramatically different from the final round, so that’s why
it’s all the more important to prepare thoroughly and expect to be asked some
challenging questions. Hiring managers do not often make final round interviews
for candidates they’re not serious about. Therefore, when you’re invited to the
final round, the hiring manager already knows that you have the skills for the
job. What they’re going to be looking for is how you present yourself under
pressure and whether you’re a suitable fit culturally for the organisation.
Here’s a swift guide for how to give yourself the best chance of succeeding in
the final round interview and securing
a job offer.
Review the company and position
Once you’ve made it to the final round, you need to make sure
you completely understand the position and the company. The final round may be
much longer and involve more people. This means that professionals should
review the job specifications again beforehand and be prepared for in-depth
questions. At this stage, hiring managers want to determine fit and whether or
not the candidate is a team-player. Companies will also use a final round
interview to learn how you manage deadlines and juggle workloads. Hiring in a pandemic is no easy task, so companies will likely be paying extra
attention to detail and focusing on the candidates who show the most potential.
This means it’s important that you thoroughly research the company and come
prepared with what you like about the company. Having that extra preparation
will increase your chances of being offered a role.
Share your knowledge and expertise
While many final round interviews will be based on how you fit
into the company or the team, hiring managers will still want to verify your
technical skills and competencies. So, it’s crucial that you effectively share
your knowledge and expertise during the interview, and quantify wherever
possible. This means discussing your key accomplishments and how they were achieved,
as well as any notable skills relevant to the role. For example, you might have
excellent time management skills, so you will need to explain how these skills
have helped you perform. Whether it’s through project management software or
your strategic planning, you must show the unique qualities you bring to a
company. Also, always show confidence and evidence of all your skills and
Ask the right questions
In the early rounds of interviews, it’s important to ask
thoughtful questions, but in the final stage, you’re going to need to show
you’ve thought more seriously about what it would be like to work at the
company. Therefore, professionals in the final round should ask questions about
what the first month on the job would be like and if there will be any
training, as well as what the performance expectations will be when you join.
These type of questions show hiring managers that you’re already engaged and
eager to be a part of the company.
Show your commitment and passion
In the final round, hiring managers will want to ensure
candidates are interested in staying for a long period. Arguably one of the
best ways to show you’re a committed professional is by discussing your
long-term career plans, and how it’s connected to the role you're interviewing
for. Hiring managers want to find candidates who have a strong work ethic and
have the potential to be high performing. This means you need to demonstrate a
passion for the industry and that you’re genuinely interested in this specific
field. For a company, the final round interview is all about evaluating a
candidate’s characteristics and attitude, so make sure you tell stories of how
you solve problems and why you enjoy your work, which will no doubt help you stand
out from other candidates.
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