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How to Prepare for a Third Interview

Posted by Glassdoor Team

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Last Updated June 29, 2021

Guide Overview

What is a third interview?How to prepare for a third job interviewTips to keep in mind when going to a third interviewPossible third interview questions to expect

Guide Overview

Third job interview preparation

Congratulations! You made it to the third interview. This is typically a good indication that you're in the lead in terms of candidates for the position, so thoroughly preparing for a third job interview is essential to ensure you close the deal. Here we explore what a third interview is, how you can best prepare for this type of interview, tips to keep in mind when going to a third job interview, and potential interview questions that may be asked.

What is a third interview?

Most companies hold at least two interviews for candidates they are interested in. And, if you’ve made it to a third job interview, this is great news in terms of your candidacy and being considered for the position. A third job interview is almost always in person and is typically much more in-depth than a first or even second interview. The third interview is most often when you meet with executive-level employees, upper-level management, and potential co-workers.

How to prepare for a third job interview

There are a few key steps you should take when preparing for a third job interview. These steps include:

  1. Be prepared for a longer interview. Most third job interviews are longer than the first and second interviews. This is especially true if you’ll be taking a test to prove your skills and qualifications. You’ll also likely be meeting with several different people during the third job interview and will be expected to answer several questions asked by each person you meet with. Going into the interview prepared for a longer day will ensure you’re mentally ready.
  2. Anticipate intensive interview questions. You likely answer most if not all of the preliminary questions during the first two interviews, so the third job interview will typically include much more intensive questions. These questions allow the hiring manager to make sure you are the right fit for the position and will fit well into the company culture. Questions to expect include behavioral questions and technical questions that test your abilities to handle complicated situations and problems related to the position.
  3. Keep an open mind about benefits. If the salary they offer is lower than what you expected or want, keep an open mind about the benefits available. Some companies provide compensation through benefits like health insurance, 401(k) offerings, and stocks in the company. Other benefits that may be available to you include paid-time-off (PTO) and vacation and sick days.
  4. Research the company. Even if you researched the organization for your last two interviews, you should do a Google search to see if any news or updates have been released since the last time you met with the hiring manager. Arriving prepared with the most current company information will show your commitment and interest in the organization and position and will also give you topics to ask questions about.
  5. Show up armed with questions. If there are questions you haven’t asked yet, such as those about compensation, salary, and company culture, now is the time to do so. You can also ask questions about the hiring manager, your co-workers, upper-level management, and the c-level executives of the organization. Spend some time researching each individual you’ll be interviewing with so you’re knowledgeable on their backgrounds, titles with the organization, and duties at the company.
  6. Dress for success. As with the first two interviews, you should dress professionally and comfortably. For the third job interview, it’s especially important to wear clothes you’ll comfortable sitting in for several hours. Have your outfit prepared the night before the interview to avoid having to decide what to wear on the fly.

Learn more: Job Interview Preparation Checklist

Tips to keep in mind when going to a third interview

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when attending your third job interview:

  • Make sure your roles and responsibilities are clear. You don’t want to agree to accept a position if you’re unsure of your exact role and duties. Ask questions if necessary to clarify anything you don’t fully understand.
  • Clear up any misconceptions. If the hiring manager mentioned any concern they had in regards to your experience, skills, or knowledge required to perform the job, the third interview is the time to address it. Another area to consider addressing is any relocation time you’ll need. If you are relocating to a different state, you may need additional time to move, so clarifying this in the third job interview is important to keep everyone up-to-date.
  • Go into the interview with confidence. Making it to a third job interview is a big deal and means you are being seriously considered for the position. Use this knowledge to give you confidence when going to your interview. A confident candidate is always more attractive to employers than an unsure one.
  • Be ready to negotiate. Arriving with sufficient research on salary information will help you know your worth and prepare you for negotiations. Ask questions to clarify the offer, including information about benefits and compensation. If you are unsure of whether the offer will work for you, consider negotiating or ask for a day to think about it.

Learn more: 5 Common Interview Mistakes You Can Fix Right Now

Possible third interview questions to expect

You’ll likely get much more in-depth questions during a third job interview. Potential interview questions you should be ready to answer include:

  • Are there any trainings or resources that would further your performance in this position?
  • Describe your work ethic.
  • How do you prioritize your work?
  • What do you hope to accomplish within your first three months in this position?
  • How will you contribute to the organization’s overall goals?
  • Describe a time in which you had to deal with a stressful incident or scenario at work and how you handled it.
  • How do you handle meeting strict deadlines?
  • How would you handle a challenging client?
  • What is one of the most challenging projects you’ve dealt with and how did you complete it?
  • What do you do when you’re asked to perform duties that are outside of the scope of your typical responsibilities?

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