- What are final interview questions?
- Why are final interview questions important?
- Common final interview questions
- Tips for your final interview
When you have made it to the final interview, there is one more round of questions you can expect. Just as you probably researched what to expect during your previous steps in the interview process, it is necessary to prepare for your final interview. You can use the example questions and answers in this article to get ready for your final interview.
What are final interview questions?
Final interview questions are questions interviewers ask in the last stage of the interview process. Often, this final interview will include several members of the company, with possibly the CEO or another high-level executive in attendance. The purpose of a final interview is to make a final decision about hiring between a few highly qualified candidates.
Why are final interview questions important?
Final interview questions are important because they are the last test before the company decides whether to make a job offer. The questions asked in a final interview are usually complex organizational questions to establish if you would do well in the position and personality questions to make sure you would be a good fit with the team. Answering these questions well and with confidence can give you an advantage over less-prepared candidates.
Common final interview questions
Here are some of the most common questions asked in a final interview with example answers:
What are your salary expectations?
Go into your final interview with a salary range in mind. It is recommended to ask for a range rather than a specific number. This gives the interviewing company room to negotiate.
Example: ‘I would like to make in the range of $50,000 to $60,000. I think is a fair salary based on my education, experience and salary averages for the position.’
What are your career goals with the company?
Your answer to this question will tell the interviewer several things. First, it will show that you have set career goals for yourself and have a plan to achieve them. Second, it will demonstrate that you have researched the company and are aware of the possible trajectory you could take to rise through the ranks.
Example: ‘I would like to take on leadership responsibilities once I feel comfortable with the daily operations of the company. From there, I hope to manage my own team and eventually become a partner with the firm.’
Describe how you handled a disagreement with a colleague.
This question is often asked to see how you handle conflict. Disagreements can happen in the workplace, and employers know that. They will be interested in how you handled the issue and what the consequences were. Be honest but aware of your tone and demeanor.
Example: ‘Several years ago, I disagreed with a colleague over how to respond to an angry customer email. He wanted to acknowledge the error but offer no compensation while I thought we should issue an apology with compensation of some kind. We couldn’t agree on the best course of action, so we called in our manager to help settle the conflict.’
How would you motivate members of your team?
This is a question that demonstrates your leadership abilities. You may not be interviewing for a leadership position, but your answer to this question will show if you have leadership potential. If you are interviewing for a leadership position, your answer will show you are prepared to begin leading a team right away.
Example one: ‘As a team member, I think it is important to remain positive and work hard every day. I tend to gravitate towards colleagues who are happy to be at work and want to get things done. They motivated me to work harder. I hope to be that colleague for my new team members.’
Example two: ‘Team leaders are responsible for setting the team’s tone. I believe that motivation is tied to morale. I hope to encourage my team to work hard and enjoy their jobs through incentives, building personal relationships and maintaining an open and joyful office culture.’
Do you work well under pressure?
Many jobs require adherence to deadlines. Occasionally, this may mean you have to work longer hours or at a quicker pace than you would normally do. Your answer to this question will show that you are prepared for a fast-paced position and have strategies to manage challenges.
Example: ‘I do work well under pressure. I am a highly organized person, so if I am given a deadline, even if it is short, I am capable of creating a work plan for myself that ensures I will complete the project on time. I am also a great self-advocate, so I ask questions and for clarification right away to avoid issues in the future and save time overall.’
When can you start?
This question does not mean you have the position. Rather, the interviewer wants to know if your schedule aligns with the company. Additionally, if you are currently working, they will want to see how you handle leaving your current job. Saying you can start the next day means you will be giving no notice to your current employer, which could be interpreted as not caring about any employer. Phrase your answer carefully.
Example: ‘If I receive the offer, I will give my current employer two weeks’ notice. That means I could start anytime between the 15th and 18th of next month.’
What are your hobbies?
Interviewers may ask this question to gauge how productive you are in your free time. Interviewers don’t expect you to focus all your attention and energy on career development but having hobbies outside of works shows that you are a well-rounded person who pursues mental, emotional or physical growth and development.
Example: ‘When I’m not at work, I love to take my dog to the dog park. It gives us both a chance to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Additionally, I am an avid reader and try to read at least two books a month.’
Tips for your final interview
Use these tips to help you during your final interview:
Confidence shows you have prepared for the interview and are comfortable with the questions the interviewers are asking. Take your time answering questions and respond in a clear, consistent voice.
Show you are excited about the position through your vocal tone and body language. Engage in eye contact and demonstrate active listening by nodding your head and smiling.
Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Cover things like salary, benefits and daily job duties. This makes sure you have a clear concept of the job and show the interviewer that you care about the position.
Demonstrate professional behavior
Be professional in your dress and demeanor. Wear a clean, modest outfit for the interview. Avoid using slang or inappropriate language when conversing with the interviewer. Make sure your phone is turned off or on silent and avoid playing with it while in the interview.
Bring extra copies of your resume, cover letter and references. Often, there are multiple members of the company present for final interviews, and they may want copies of your professional documents.