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Searching for a job can be tough work in our current economy. While businesses are striving to be successful with what they have, good business owners know that they’re only as good as the people they have working for them. Knowing this, the interview process is vital for a company to ensure they’re getting the perfect candidate for their open positions. And if you’re at the final interview stage, you’ve obviously proved yourself to be very close to what they want. So to help push you over the edge and land that job, here are three tips for preparing for a final job interview.
Before You Walk Through The Door
Just because you’ve been interviewed by this company before doesn’t mean you should start feeling too comfortable too soon. All the traditional rules of job interviews still apply in this scenario. Alison Doyle, a contributor to TheBalance.com, writes that you should be professional physically as well as intellectually. This means you should bring in your resume and references again, even if they already have them. You should also do more homework regarding the company so you can confidently answer any questions they may have for you. The way you prepare before you even walk through the door can have a big impact on the outcome of this final interview.
The Line Between Confidence and Arrogance
If you’re asked back for an additional interview, this is likely happening because you’ve impressed someone on the hiring committee and they want to learn more about your skills or experience. To best showcase this, Lily Zhang, a contributor to TheMuse.com, suggests figuring out how you can walk the line between being confident and arrogant. It’s not bad to tell the interviewers about what you know or have accomplished at this point in your career. However, you want to be sure you’re not coming off as sounding arrogant or entitled to the position. If you worry you may be sounding arrogant, try mentioning some weaknesses you’ve been working on improving in the recent past.
Consider Your Fit In The Company
At this point in the interview process, the job offer is likely down to just two or three people. Because the company wouldn’t consider hiring someone who wasn’t qualified for the position, a lot of the final offer can come down to fit within the company. For this reason, Nick Williams, a contributor to TheUndercoverRecruiter.com, recommends checking the energy of the room and using that to get a feel for the energy of the company as a whole. If you feel like you’d fit well with the people conducting the interview, mention something about loving the company culture. If you’re not sure at this point, don’t be afraid to ask about company culture. You should be just as happy about getting this job as the company is about offering it, so do all you can to ensure it’s a good fit for everyone.
If you’re going into a final interview soon, use the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for this all-important phase of the interview process.