How to Ace the Third Interview
When a company asks you to come in for a third interview, it is seriously considering hiring you. During your first two interviews, you made a good impression, but you still have some work to do to prove you’re the right person for the job. Many people assume that the third interview is simply a formality and receiving an offer is a given, but it is not. It’s important to work as hard, or even harder, to impress the interviewers in the third interview as it is in the first.
Review the questions you were asked in the first two interviews with the company. Consider responses that seemed to impress the interviewers and those you struggled to answer. Work to elaborate on the good responses and take time to come up with well-thought-out answers to the questions you didn't answer as well as you could have.
Conduct a practice interview with a friend or family member. You may be inclined to feel more relaxed about the third round of interviews and opt to not prepare for it, but this is not wise. This interview will likely make or break your chances of getting the job, so you need to go into it well-prepared. Role playing can help with this.
Ask the human resource representative scheduling your interviews for the names of the people you will be meeting with, if a schedule has not been provided to you. Do a little research on these individuals to learn more about their roles in the company, their professional histories and their educational backgrounds. Knowing a little bit about each person will help you tailor your responses to their questions. It can also provide you with some talking points to better connect with them.
Make conversation with other employees that you meet during the day. This makes you appear friendly and likeable and gives you an idea of how you would fit in if you were hired.
Be energetic and eager to talk with everyone who interviews you. If your third interview involves separate meetings with a number of different people, it can be difficult to appear enthusiastic by the end of the day, but you must. You will likely be asked the same questions repeatedly, so prepare for this in advance and never complain about it. You need to make a good impression on each person you speak with.
Ask for business cards from each person who interviews you. Not only is this a way to keep track of the people you spoke with, but you also need to know where to send thank you notes to each of them. Even if you have met some of the people before and followed up with a thank you note, you should send another. This is the professional way to follow up and express your gratitude to people for taking the time to meet with you.
Laura Jerpi has been working in marketing since 2007. She is an interactive copywriter who writes for Thought Leadership Publications, Ai InSite and South Source. Jerpi holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University.