Customer question: How to prepare for a third job interview
What should I expect at A 3rd job interview?
I thought the interview process was over, but the recruiter for the company called me Friday to come in for a 3rd interview with the Vice President. It’s between me and another candidate.
I’m just reviewing over everything and preparing a couple of different questions. Typically, what experience do you have once the process gets to this point?
Don’s answer to preparing for a third interview:
Congratulations on making it to the third interview. They definitely see something they like. Just play it cool and you’ll probably get the job. Make sure you let them know you have a plan for your new job and that you have been doing your homework. Let them know you are serious about this job. VPs like it when people have a plan or goal.
Since it’s the VP, then it will probably be completely different than your previous interviews. They already know you can do the job and they like you, otherwise you would not have made it this far. Execs don’t waste their time on just anybody. Execs will interview from a different angle and will want to know how you think you will fit it. Are you going to be a team player? Are you going to be productive? How are you going to benefit the company?
Remember, they also trust the judgment of the people you have already interviewed with, but just want to see for themselves what you are made of. Plus, they may want to dig deeper into what your own plans are for the job. How are you going to do it? How are you going to overcome any hurdles. How do you know when you have been successful?
Polish up on questions like that and you’ll be set. Also, make sure the answers you have given previously are consistent with your answers this afternoon so you don’t create any contradictions. Execs don’t like to listen to babble, so keep your answers short and to the point.
Give yourself that extra edge and stand out by giving a firm handshake to the VP, look him/her in the eye. Smile with a big grin and show your teeth. Showing your teeth is the ultimate smile and is the best and most exciting way to introduce yourself. Plus, your image will last longer in their minds.
I wish you all the best and hope you get the job.