Many hiring processes have a couple of different rounds of interviews to get down to the best candidates before asking the final interview questions to solidify the new hire. Getting to the final interview will require great performance in the initial rounds of interviews, so check out our guide to things you should avoid in a first interview.
By the final interview, the niceties and rapport building is over. Final interview questions are usually specifically tailored to challenge a candidate based on the initial conversations that were had about the job. If an employer is down to a couple of people, they will use final interview questions to separate out the hire from second place. In this post, let’s take a look at the best final interview questions that you should be asking your candidates (and, if you’re a candidate, how to respond). We’ll also check out some final interview questions that you should ask your employer.
Final Interview Questions To Ask A Candidate
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There’s a lot of directions that you can go with final interview questions. Because of the changing landscape of work–it isn’t your grandparents’ office anymore–interview questions need to change to get the right candidates in the right positions.
Of course, if you’re filling an entry level position, avoiding turnover and basic capabilities are probably your two biggest worries. But if you’re filling a higher level position don’t sound needy and like you’re trying to keep the person in the job forever! Get the talented candidate and success will come, even if they only stay for a year. Here are some creative, cutting-edge final interview questions to ask a candidate:
- What is your greatest weakness in close relationships? As the work-life distinction breaks down in Millenials and Gen Z, coworkers become a lot like friends and family in certain contexts. That means that employers suddenly care about the way that people relate to friends and family, because it predicts how they will relate to them!
- Name some things you could do with a brick. This is a classic open ended solution question. There is no limit to the number of things you can do with a brick. Build a house is an obvious one, but the more creative candidate will be able to endlessly list wild scenarios until you ask them to stop. This is meant to test divergent thinking instead of convergent thinking.
- What is your ideal lifestyle? Walk me through a week. This will let you get a feel for the way that the candidate thinks about their own life and activities. It should highlight self-care practices, close relationships, any hobbies that they have, and perhaps most importantly the way that they think about their own life.
If you’re an employer, back to back interviews allow you to get a glimpse of the stamina of a person. Most candidates show up to interviews attempting to project one or two character traits that they think are their best. Some candidates will show up with the goal of making you laugh, while other candidates will want to seem empathetic and competent. Most people struggle to hold more than one or two character traits in front of themselves at any point. That means that while they can sustain the emphasis on their best qualities for a half hour or even an hour during an interview, giving them a chance to reset when running back-to-back interviews can give you a new perspective on the person that you’re interviewing.
If you’re a candidate, on the other hand, then participating in back-to-back interviews is a good sign that you’ve generated some interest. This is not a time to overthink it. It can be exhausting, so one of the most important things to do in this process is to take care of yourself. Non-verbal communication will continue to be critical. Don’t be afraid to ask for food, water, and bathroom breaks when you need it! This communicates to the employer that you’re comfortable, confident, and capable of taking care of yourself. A day full of interviews, or even back-to-back interviews, can be exhausting, so it will be important to maintain that stamina and positive attitude.
Final Interview Questions To Ask Employer
Forget the things that you’ve seen in movies. Unless you just happen to be so much cooler than the person who is interviewing you, and that person is motivated by a deep-rooted insecurity about fitting in that they project onto the hiring process, no amount of cool will make them want you more than you want the job. You might be highly specialized or by-far the best candidate, but those decisions will be made before you even get into the room. You won’t go from a mediocre candidate to the have to have at any cost candidate with just a few quips and a sparkling personality.
It’s great to be charming, and charisma certainly doesn’t hurt your case. But the best thing that you can do to turn the interview in your favor? Ask the right questions. Yes, asking the right questions is probably just as important as that great smile. Because when you ask the right questions, you can steer the conversation to places that no other candidate gets to go. You can control the narrative that swirls around your person.
Finding a job can be difficult–check out our great list of jobs that we’re trying to fill. Here are some final interview questions to ask employer:
- Does your company have a positive, teamwork-encouraging culture? Asking this question positions your name next to company culture in a positive way. Every single employer will answer this question affirmatively, but if you make them think that you care about positivity and culture in your workplace, then they will think that you bring those elements and expect them from others.
- What is your biggest concern for the person that fills this job? Whether you’re talking to a manager, someone in HR, or a CEO — everyone is afraid of hiring the wrong person. Hiring the wrong person can cost a lot of money or even part of their reputation. Asking about their concerns for the position might gain you a bit of solidarity with the person who is making the hire. It can, if taken in the right way, show that you care about them and know that hiring is a difficult job. It will make you look more self-aware and empathetic. It’s also a low risk move, so if they don’t open up and tell you their fears, then you don’t lose anything. Plus, it’s a chance to remind them how you are the person who has the lowest risk for that big concern!
- What is the current vision and goal of the company, and how can this role fit within that? Basically, you’re asking how the position that you’re interviewing for fits into the whole life of the company. This might be a better question for people higher up in the company, or managers that love their mission and vision statement. Basically it shows that you understand how to connect details to a bigger picture, and that you care about the bigger picture in the first place.
Whether you are interviewing or being interviewed in that final round, those lasting impressions are often harder to hit than first ones. Creating a developed sense of self or the company can help you establish yourself as a top choice!