By: Hannah Radtke, Utah Valley University
The interview process can be absolutely grueling. You’ve nailed all of the interviews up until this point, and now it’s crunch time. The hiring manager has narrowed down their list to just a few excellent candidates. You’re one of them! However, how do you know that you’re prepared? What should you do in order to stand out? This blog post will teach you helpful interview tips and skills for your final interview preparation so you are prepared like a pro. We will discuss topics such as the importance of final interview preparation, how to research the company and the importance of that, what to wear on your interview day, and more!
Preparing for the interview
Preparing for an interview is one of the most important steps to being successful in your job hunt. You can’t run a race without training. Preparing for an interview is just like training. An interview, especially a final job interview, can be the make or break for your new job. It is important to be prepared for something that could alter the rest of your life. It’s not enough to just send a resume and cover letter out into the wide-open world; you have to go the extra mile.
In this blog post, we will discuss the things you can do before your interview day in order to give yourself the best chance at success. From researching the company and preparing a great resume, to dressing professionally and making sure you are well-rested, these tips will help set you up for success in your interviews!
The Importance of Preparation
If you want to be successful in interviews, preparation is key. There are several things you should do before your interview to make sure that you’re ready to rock the interviewing world.
First, research the company. Find out as much information about the company as possible. What are their goals? What industry do they operate in? Who are their competitors? These questions will help you understand what type of work environment you’ll be entering and what your interviewer is expecting from you.
Next, make sure that you have all of your materials with you: resumes, cover letters, thank-you notes, and so on. You don’t want to be scrambling for something when it’s time for your interview! Make sure that everything is on point before going into the interview room.
Finally, make sure that your outfit is perfect! If this is a job in which appearance matters (like if it’s a customer service position), then make sure that you look put together and presentable for the entire day! If not, then just make sure that it’s appropriate for an office setting. It can really throw off an interview if the interviewer thinks that your outfit isn’t professional enough for such an important meeting.
Conduct a “Mock Interview”
From an earlier interview, you can kind of get an idea of what the next or final interview round will look like.
A mock interview is a great way to prepare yourself for the real deal. A mock or fake interview that you conduct with a friend, roommate, or neighbor. Explain to your helper what the previous interviews looked like and that can help them know how to help you prepare. You could try doing some panel interviews, or a one-on-one interview. Anything to better prepare yourself for the real meeting.
Some common interview questions that you can expect can be:
1) “Tell me about yourself?”
2) “Why do you want this job?”
3) “What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?”
4) “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
5) “Why should we hire you?”
Once you are preparing for the final interview, here are some examples of final interview questions to better prepare you:
1) “What motivates you?”
2) “What did you like most and least about your last job?”
3) “What do you like about this company?”
4) “What, if anything, would you change about this company that you believe would make it more successful?”
5) “Throughout these interviews, what have you learned?”
Try to stay away from the cliche answers. Make yourself stand out to the interviewers. Use personal experiences or examples that would set you apart from the other candidates.
Researching the Company
This factor is HUGE during your interview prep.
In order to convince the interviewer that you’re a perfect fit, you should do your research. There are plenty of ways to find out about the company before the interview starts. You can find out what the company does, who their board members are, the job description of the position you are applying for, and even take a look at some of their competitors. This will show the interviewer that you know what you are getting yourself into if they hire you. By researching the intended company you are applying to, you are showing the interviewer that you know what they are about and want to work for them.
You want to do your research before you meet with your interviewer so that you can have an idea of what type of questions they will ask you. The more well-informed you are, the better result you’ll get from this process! There might be an interview question or two about the company itself. A way to impress the interviewer would be by being prepared enough to answer their question. That will set you apart from the other candidates.
The Importance of Knowing the Company Culture
The company culture is one of the most important aspects of an interview. You need to know how your personality meshes with the culture to succeed.
Companies have different cultures. This can change depending on their size and industry, but in general, certain traits are typical of each culture. For example, if you’re interviewing at a growing startup, they might be more hands-on with their employees and encourage them to come up with ideas that will improve their product or service.
Knowing the company’s culture is essential because it will help you put your best foot forward during your interview and make you feel more confident about what you’re doing. It’ll also help you better understand the type of person they hire so that when it comes time for references, you’ll have a better understanding of who would be able to provide insight into how well you’d fit within their company culture.
What Do You Bring to Your Final Interview?
Make sure that you’re not only mentally prepared but also physically prepared. You need to have all of your materials with you: resumes, cover letters, and so on. Chances are that if this is your final interview, they already have your resume, but it is always good to have a few extra copies just in case. You don’t want to be scrambling for something when it’s time for your interview! By being prepared for any possible inconvenience, you are showing that you are always prepared for whatever this job throws at you. Being prepared in this field shows that you can be a leader and the leadership principle is huge when hiring managers are looking for the best candidate. Before you leave the house, make sure that everything is on point before going into company. Better yet, make sure everything is put together and laid out the night before so you are not scrambling that morning and running late.
What Do You Wear on Your Interview Day?
What you wear on your interview day is a big part of the whole process. It’s something that you should be thinking about as soon as possible.
A lot of people have one outfit they really love, and they stick with it throughout their job search. However, dressing professionally for your interview can be tricky! You don’t want to wear anything too formal, but you also don’t want to show up in jeans and a t-shirt either. What do you wear?
In this world, we judge our first impressions based on how someone looks. The way we dress plays a big role in that. By dressing nicely, you’re showing respect and that you are putting in the effort to not only the interview but also the job. You want to create a good impression. By looking clean and put together, you are implying that you are clean and put together.
The first thing to keep in mind about what to wear on your interview day is that it’s all about the company culture. Since you have passed the first and maybe a second interview, you have a feel for the company. Dress based on the feel from those interviews. If the people you walked by are wearing fresh-pressed suits or fancy blouses, then dress on the more formal/professional side. If your potential co-workers are wearing t-shirts and jeans, I still would suggest dressing professional or business causal final interview. Always look clean and professional for an interview, especially a final interview. Once you’re hired, then you can start wearing t-shirts and jeans if that is allowed.
Now, we have so many applications that make interviewing easier. Many companies allow you to interview from the comfort of your home. Even if your interview is a virtual or phone interview, it is still important to look like you didn’t just roll out of bed.
What makes this question so difficult is that there are no hard rules. It’s all about what the company culture calls for. So ask yourself: What impression do I want to give the hiring managers? Do you want them to think that you are sophisticated and serious about this job? Or do you want them to think that you are just here for the money?
What should you do after your final interview?
After your final interview, you want to make sure that you can separate yourself from the competition. Here are a few things you can do to distinguish yourself after the final interview:
1) Follow up with references. The best thing you can do to show the hiring manager that you’ve done your homework is to reach out to your references. These could be former employers or ways of recommendation. This will allow them to provide feedback on how they felt during the process and what they liked or didn’t like about working with you.
2) Send thank-you notes. Sending a handwritten note of appreciation will let the company know that you went above and beyond in your search for a new job. You want to thank them for taking time out of their, probably, busy schedule to meet with and interview you. It will also help establish chemistry between the two of you as well as help build trust throughout the hiring process.
3) Ask if there is anything else they need from you! Most likely, there is something that needs clarification or clarification on what they need from this point forward. Let them know if there’s anything specific that may be beneficial for both of you so that any questions can be addressed sooner rather than later!
4) You want to make sure your application packet is perfect! Ensure everything is filled out, all materials are submitted, and all wording is worded properly.
After the final interview, do not assume that you are hired!
Remember, the hiring manager will want to talk to you again and ask more questions before they make a final decision. You may think that you are hired after what you think is the final interview, but that doesn’t mean anything until that hiring manager has spoken to the rest of their team. It’s important to remain calm and collected during this process. This interview could be the first of several final interviews. There could be a final round interview that you don’t know about yet.
You’ve done an amazing job up until this point. It’s exciting that you’ve made it this far in the interview process. Keep your head up and don’t let this go to your head. Stay on your toes so when the time comes, you can be ready and waiting for that phone call from your future employer with a potential job offer!
Most, if not all of, the time, hiring managers are going to pick the best-prepared candidate. This can be you. Hopefully, this article and its steps will prepare you to be the best job candidate this company has ever seen.