10 final stage interview questions you should expect

A key reason why the final stage interview can bring much tension to a candidate is that it’s your last chance to impress your potential employer and secure the job. On the other hand, the hiring manager has been impressed with your application up until this point, and they’re looking for a few more signs to confirm you’re the right person for the job. 

These signs are usually in the form of your answers at this stage. Your employer will want to find out more about your characteristics in the workplace, such as how you deal with conflict and your problem-solving skills. They’ll also want to find out a little more about your future ambitions and how the position can help your career development. 

Having said that, there are questions that are likely to be asked during your final stage interview, so you must be prepared for them. But what are they? 

What interests you about this position?

This is an opportunity for your potential employer to understand your motivations and passion for the vacancy you have applied for. It’s important to emphasise the reasons you believe this role is a good fit for your career ambitions, and why you would be a good fit for the company. 

Why is this a company you’d like to develop your career at? 

Your interviewer will want to understand why the company is your preferred destination. This will also depend on whether you have been interviewing and have options to choose from. It will be a good indication of if you will be a good fit. 

How do you stay organised? 

Organisation is a key requirement for any position. An organised and reliable employee will be an attractive proposition for any employer. Be sure to get across your ability to be organised, especially if the position includes working on long-term projects. 

What type of environment do you work best in? 

The typical working environment has changed over the last few years, and whilst some workers prefer to be onsite when working, others may prefer their own surroundings. Get confirmation of the type of setup the position offers so you’re able to work flexibly when required. Mention your ability to work effectively; whether that be in the office or remotely. 

How do you respond to feedback or criticism?  

Whilst criticism isn’t what employees will want to hear, it’s necessary. Taking on board feedback for the better and applying it to your work, will only bring positive results. Your ability to digest feedback will showcase your willingness to learn and develop. 

Can you tell me about a time you worked with a difficult client or colleague? 

Conflict and misunderstanding is likely to arise in most job roles, but how you deal with those situations, sets you apart. Describe a situation in the past where conflict has arisen, how you dealt with it, and the benefits of finding a resolution. 

What are your salary expectations? 

Salary can often be the deciding factor when it comes to either accepting or rejecting a job offer. Therefore, it’s likely to arise in the final stages of the interview process to ensure that the employer can match the interviewee’s salary expectations. This can always be negotiated depending on experience. 

What is your goal for the next five years? 

Do your professional goals align with the company and role you’re interviewing for? That’s what your potential employer will want to know.  

What is your notice period? 

If you’re in another job at the time of interviewing, your notice period will be of great interest to your interviewer. This will determine how quickly you can start the role if you are selected. Be sure to make your notice period clear, so there are no issues if offered the job. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

This is a chance for your interviewer to find out more about your hobbies and interests away from the workplace. You may have common interests, which means you’re likely to settle into the team and working culture. 

The final stage of the interview is a clear indication of whether you will be a good fit for the position and the company as a whole. Your answers to the questions we have highlighted are likely to play a part in that decision. Although they may not be the deciding factor, ensuring you’re prepared for them will help you and them when being considered for the position.