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Questions That Are OK to Ask at a Third Interview

by Lisa McQuerrey

If you’re asked to participate in a third interview, you can be fairly confident you’re in the running for the job. During a third interview you might meet company executives, take an office tour and participate in panel interviews with potential co-workers. If all goes well, third interviews usually involve a discussion of salary, an overview of benefits, and perhaps an extension of a job offer.

Meeting Potential Colleagues

If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet with individuals you’d be working with, the third interview is the time to request this. Ask to sit down with a few of the people you’d interact with on a daily basis and talk to them about their roles, the company and what they enjoy most about their jobs. Inquire about current projects in the works, and walk around the office to get a feel for the environment.

Major Projects

Ask what kind of responsibilities you’d initially tackle if you're offered the position. This gives you an idea of the workload and the parameters you’d be expected to work within. It also gives you an opportunity to learn about and see how the company organizes and approaches tasks. Having this information can help you make the final push and convince hiring managers you’re the right person for the position.

Sell Yourself

While it's best to let an employer extend a job offer, if you're into a third interview and the subject hasn't been broached, start edging your way in that direction. Start by asking the hiring manager where the company is in terms of making a final decision. Restate your interest in the position and review some of the ways you can benefit the company, such as your experience in a particular area or special training you have received that is relevant to the job. If you're a top pick, this question should prompt the hiring manager to talk about compensation.

Questions to Avoid

Don't bring up the subject of salary, benefits or vacation time, particularly in the initial conversation. Let the employer raise these issues, and only discuss them after it's been established that you're a leading candidate for the position. Don't ask anything you should know the answer to, such as questions about the company's products or services, or any other information that could be easily gleaned from a look at the company website.

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