Why a Third Job Interview?
(Little Rock, AR)
Thank you so much for the insightful wisdom on your site! I used it for my second job interview with a major high-profile organization and nailed it.
They called me this morning to come in for an on-site third interview (the job is remote/home office). They are hiring three people for this position and I believe they are having that exact amount come in for on-site interviews.
What do you think I need to do to prepare for this aside from what I have already?
I was delighted to receive your email and so glad to hear of your recent job interview success. Sounds like you've all but got the job.
I'm optimistic for you.
A third interview is rare, but it could also be a sign that this company is very selective about who they hire. Since you are so well prepared, you have nothing to fear. It's unlikely they will throw you a curve ball or do something unexpected at this late stage of the interviewing process.
Even so, the biggest mistake job seekers make is letting their guard down after the first or second job interview.
Don't assume the job is yours and go into your third interview too relaxed and overconfident. Prepare for your third job interview with this company just like you would if this were the first time. And it is the first time for whomever will interview you.
Sometimes a high level executive or director will ask you some of the same interview questions you've already answered in your last interviews. If so, you know what to do; however, also be prepared to be extended an offer on the spot.
If the offer is reasonable, don't be afraid to accept it, but this would be a good time to ask about the entire package (benefits, vacation, work hours, over time, bonuses, etc.) Prepare your questions ahead of time so you know what to ask.
Also, it's OK to accept a verbal offer, but ask them for your offer in writing along with an outline of their benefits. Also ask them who you should call if you have any questions. This way you can study over their offer at home without any emotional pressure. If you see a red flag or something unusual you can always change your mind if you don't get a satisfactory answer.
If you get a disappointing offer, thank them, but tell them you'd like to think about it. If they ask you what you want to think about, tell them you'd like to consider their offer in light of the entire package; then, ask them if they could provide you with any written information about benefits, etc. This buys you some time to come up with a counter offer based on the strength of their benefits package.
Sometimes a company will agree to this only after you agree to the verbal offer amount. If they put a lot of pressure on you and grind you for a number, this is a bad sign and could mean they're cheap. In other words, they could have used a three interview process to build your excitement and expectations only to give you a low-ball offer. Don't fall for this.
Even if you're very disappointed and dying inside, put on an academy award winning performance. Smile, be positive, but stick to your guns about thinking over their offer. Tell them you always like to make major decisions after carefully considering them for a day or two. If you're married, you can also tell them that you'd like to discuss it with your husband.
Don't worry about upsetting them or sabotaging the whole deal. If they withdraw the offer just because you want to think it over, there is something wrong and you don't want to find this out after you're working there.
An offer is like a marriage proposal and a good company will make you feel good about it. If you feel a lot of pressure and disappointment, trust your instincts and simply tell them you want to think about; then, get back to them with a reasonable counter-offer or just turn down the job.
Hope it goes super well and you aren't disappointed. Please let me know how it worked out. I'm curious to know.
Thanks again for your kind words about my site. It does my heart good to know my advice made a difference.
All the best.
P.S. If someone you care about has been unemployed for 6 months...or longer...my new book can help: Why Don't They Call Me?-Job Search Wisdom to Get you Unstuck. Read the introductory chapter and the table of contents.
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