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Final Interviews

How to Handle a Final Job Interview


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The final job interview is the last step in the interview process and the last interview you will have before finding out whether or not you will be getting a job offer.

Before the final interview, you may have had an initial phone interview and one or more in-person interviews. Your final job interview is your last chance to make a strong impression on the employer before he chooses between you and, typically, a small pool of other top candidates for the job.

Who You Will Meet With During the Final Job Interview

Depending on the level of the position, your final interview might be conducted by a member or members of the company's senior leadership, or, if it is a small company, by the CEO.

Occasionally, the interview will be conducted by the same person who conducted your other interviews. In the final interview, you will likely meet a number of people in the office, including prospective co-workers, and you may even have multiple interviews with these people.

Final Interview Preparation Tips

Be proud that you have made it this far in the interview process, but do not assume that you have the job. It's important to take the final interview just as seriously as you took your first interview:

  • Dress appropriately
  • Review information on the company
  • Bring extra resumes and other required documents
  • Bring a list of references
  • Be sure to keep your enthusiasm and energy-level high
  • Follow up with a thank you letter

After the Final Job Interview

Don't expect to hear back right away and don't panic if you don't get contacted immediately after the interview. It takes time for companies to make final decisions, to put together a job offer package for the winning candidate, and to let the other applicants know if they weren't selected.

If a week or so has gone by and you still haven't heard, it's appropriate to follow up with your contact at the company.

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