Shaking hands in the final interviewThe last step is often the most difficult one.

You have made it to the final interview? That means that you have proven to meet their job requirements. No more tests, or basic screening or technical interview questions (if you apply for a technical position). Final interview is all about behavioral questions, and relationship building.

Their questions will target mostly your background, various work-related situations you experienced in the past, and your soft skills. Typically you will compete just with a few applicants in a final interview–the rest has already been screened out.

 

The behavioral questions to expect

  • Describe a situation when you were under pressure in work.
  • Describe a conflict you had with your colleague.
  • Describe a situation when you went above and beyond with your service (for the customer, for the colleague)
  • Describe a situation when you had to motivate someone in work (your colleague, your subordinate, or even your superior)
  • Describe a situation when you did not agree with the opinion (or decision) of your superior or supervisor, and knew that they were wrong. How did you handle that?
  • Describe a situation when you faced a particularly demanding problem or challenge in your personal life. How did that affect you in your job?
  • Describe a time when you struggled with motivation in job (it was repetitive, you did not enjoy your duties, there was no work to do, etc). How did you overcome the crisis?
  • Describe the biggest failure of your professional career.

Inquiring about your behavior in the past, they try to understand whether you fit to the company, whether your attitudes and goals relate to their own goals and plans.  They also try to understand your way of thinking, your leadership philosophy, and basically how you will conduct yourself in the job.

 

Other questions for your final interview

Apart from the behavioral questions, they can also use some other questions:

How do you imagine a typical day in work?

They try to understand if your idea of a job matches the reality, if you understand what will be expected from you, on a daily basis.

The right answer to this question should reflects the reality. You should find enough information about the job on the website of the company, or directly on the job description. Speak about your duties with enthusiasm, so they get the feeling that you are looking forward to do the job.

 

What do you consider your main goal on this position?

Try to answer it from the point of view of the employer. Your goal should be to help the company, and the exact definition depends on the role you apply for.

It can be to increase the sales volume, to improve the production processes, to lift the profits, to make your boss feel good, or it can be something completely different. They key is to show them that you think about their goals, and do not look only on your own career.

 

What do you think about…. (some innovations, industry news, etc.)

Companies typically want to hire people who are truly interested in the things that happen in the business. Check the industry news before your interview, and learn more about the product portfolio of the employer, and their own news and successes (their social media accounts and their website will help)

 

Answers to behavioral questions

  • Describe a situation when you went above and beyond with your service (for the customer, for the colleague)
  • Describe a situation when you had to motivate someone in work (your colleague, your subordinate, or even your superior)
  • ….

Many job seekers struggle with behavioral questions, and get eventually rejected in the final interview, just because they did not answer the behavioral questions in a right way.

If you would like to see an analysis and brilliant answers to fifteen most common behavioral questions, you will find them in the Interview Success Package.

Team at InterviewPenguin.com wishes you good luck in your final interview!