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How to Handle a Third Job Interview

Tips for Acing a Third Interview


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When you have made it through the first interview, then a second interview you might think you're done with the interview process and you'll soon find out whether you'll be receiving a job offer.

That's not necessarily the case. You may have to endure a third interview and possibly more interviews after that. Those interviews may be with managers, prospective co-workers, hiring committees and/or other company staff.

The reason for the lengthy interviewing process is that companies want to be sure that they are hiring the right candidate, because it's time consuming and expensive to have to start the hiring process over if the candidate doesn't work out in the job.

However, the good news is that if you are selected for a third interview or even a fourth or fifth interview, you are in serious contention for the job and will be competing against fewer applicants because the candidate pool shrinks as more applicants are rejected. When you get to a third or fourth round interview, you can consider yourself a finalist for the job.

Preparing For a Third Interview

The best way to prepare for a third or fourth interview (or fifth interview) is to update the company research you have done already. Use these interview tips to ensure you are well prepared for the interview. Check Google news (search by company name) for updates. Check the company website to see if the company has issued new press releases since your last interview. Read the company blog and social media pages so you are armed with the most current company information.

Consider upping your preparation a notch because this is an opportunity to knock the other applicants out of contention and get a job offer. For example, Howard Reis, created an "Interview Brag Book" which was a binder with information on the industry, the company, the problem they were trying to solve and how he was the best person to solve it. Howard included relevant industry articles, examples of his work and some specific suggestions for the first 90 days on the job. He got the job.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to discover who you are connected with at the company. If you've already reached out to your contacts, give them an update on the status of your application. Let your connections know where you are in the hiring process and ask them for any tips and advice they can give you for this interview.

Third Interview Questions

The questions you will be asked will be similar to the questions you were asked during the second interview. Review the interview questions you will be asked and also be sure that how you respond this time is consistent with how you responded during your other interviews.

If there is anything you wish you had mentioned when you interviewed before, be sure to work the information in to your responses to these questions.

Third Interview Follow Up

You may have already said thank you once or twice before. Say it again. Use this as an opportunity to reinforce why you're the best candidate for the job, as well as to show your appreciation for being considered for the job.

Here's how to say thank you for the interview, along with sample interview thank you letters and email messages.

Ask the people you interview with for their business card so you will have the information you need to send a thank you note. If you interviewed with multiple interviewers send them each a personal thank you email message or note.

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