Last updated on January 16th, 2019 at 06:47 pm

You made it to the final interview. You have proven that you meet all job requirements–you’ve accomplished it in previous interview rounds. No more personality tests or IQ tests, no more screening questions, or technical questions.

No more HR generalists

The last step is often the most difficult one though.

Shaking hands in the final interview, man and woman. Man is wearing black jacket, woman brown. But we can see only their hands on the picture.

The final interview is all about behavioral questions (and your answers to them), and about relationship building.

You will meet the decision maker–one of the most important persons in the company. It can be the CEO, or one of the leading figures of the HR department. Or you can interview in front of a panel.

One way or another, the people you will meet in the final interview will have the final word on your job application.

Their questions will target mostly your professional background, various work-related situations you experienced in the past, projects you worked on, and your soft skills.

Typically you will compete with a few shortlisted applicants in a final interview–the rest has already been screened out, sent home, eliminated…

Let’s have a look at the questions right now:


Behavioral questions

  • Describe a situation when you were under pressure in work. (How did you handle the pressure, how did it affect your performance in work, how did you manage the situation, etc.)
  • Describe a conflict you had with your colleague. (Why did the conflict erupt, what did you do to sort it out, how did the conflict affect your relationship with that particular colleague, etc.)
  • Describe a situation when you went above and beyond with your service (for the customer, for the colleague, for anyone in work). (Why did you decide to go above and beyond for them, how did you feel about doing that, what was their reaction, etc.)
  • Describe a situation when you had to motivate someone in work (your colleague, your subordinate, or even your superior). (How did you manage to find the right way to motivate them, what was the most crucial thing you did to motivate them, etc.)
  • 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 the situation, did you discuss it with them, what did you do at the end, etc.)
  • Describe a situation when you faced a particularly demanding problem or challenge in your personal life. (How did the problem affect you in your job? Did your motivation drop? Did you manage to separate your personal and professional life?)
  • Describe a time when you struggled with motivation in your job? (Was it repetitive, did you struggle to enjoy your duties, was there any problem with the work you had to do, how did you overcome the crisis, etc.)
  • Describe the biggest failure of your professional career. (What led you to this failure, how do you see it now, after some time has passed, what have you learned from your failures, etc.)


Logic of behavioral questions, and good answers to them

People shake hands at the end of the job interview. We can see three guys, but only one face on the picture.The logic of behavioral interviewing is simple: if you acted in a certain way before (in a conflict situation, facing pressure, experiencing problem in your personal life, etc), you will likely act in a similar way in the future–should you experience the same situation again.

Your answers to behavioral questions also reveal a lot about your motivation, and attitude to work and to other people who share the workplace with you.

On the top of that, interviewers try to understand your way of thinking, your leadership philosophy, and basically how you will conduct yourself in the job.

If you struggle to find good answers to these questions, consider having a look at my new eBook, called Ace Your Final Interview.

Besides other great things, you will find inside multiple great answers to 20 tough questions they often ask in a final interview, including the tricky behavioral questions.


Other questions for your final interview

Apart from the behavioral questions, they can also ask some other questions, for example:

the woman is a success in an interview. We can see happy faces and shaking handsHow 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.

The right answer to this question should reflect 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. Show them that you are looking forward to do the job, that you are eager to start.


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 of this goal depends on the role you apply for.

It can be to increase the sales volume (sales manager, or sales rep position), to improve the production processes (process manager, system analyst), to lift the profits (CTO, company management, accountant), to make your boss feel good and productive (secretary, administrative and office assistant), 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, and things that you want to achieve in life.


Woman is asked to answer some behavioral questions in her final interview. We can see from the grimase that she is not sure about the right answers

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

Companies typically want to hire people who are truly interested in their business, and know a thing or two about the industry.

Check the latest industry news before you go for your final interview, and learn more about the product portfolio of the company. Check their own news and successes (their social media accounts and their website will help you to find more information).

Once again, your attitude matters the most. Show them that you care, and do your best to stay on the top of the game–with your knowledge and skills.


Conclusion and next steps

You won’t compete with many other job seekers in the final interview–that’s a good news.

The bad news is that everyone will try their best to succeed at this point, especially after they have successfully navigated through the entire interview process.

Who will succeed?

The one who will manage to build good relationship with the decision makers during the interview, and who will demonstrate the right attitude to various situations and people (in their answers to behavioral questions), will typically succeed and get a job.

If you by any chance struggle with behavioral questions (or with relationship building), have a look at my new eBook, called Ace Your Final Interview, and learn all you need to know to pass this final hurdle.

Thank you for reading, we wish you good luck! – Your best job interview coach since 2011.

Matthew Chulaw

Matthew has been working in international recruitment since 2008. He helps job seekers from all walks of life to pursue their career goals, and to prepare for their interviews. He is the founder of website.
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