There are a number of final round interview questions that come up regularly, and they tend to vary quite a bit. But don’t worry, preparing for them doesn’t have to be hard!
This guide goes over the most common final interview questions you’ll hear and covers the best ways to answer them.
1. What keeps you motivated?
This final interview question is something interviewers typically ask to ensure that you’re motivated by more than just money. Hiring managers want to bring in people who are passionate and ready to do a fantastic job. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting a good paycheck, interviewers want to know that it isn’t the only reason you’re there.
The best way to answer this is to highlight what interested you in this position in the first place. What stood out to you and made you want to apply? Focus on that and form an answer directly related to the job to show that you’re motivated to succeed. Here’s a guide on answering this question if you want some more tips.
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Here’s one of the most stereotypical questions you think of when imagining an interview scenario. It’s a common question that provides tons of insight.
The purpose is multifaceted. Interviewers want to know your career aspirations and ensure they align with this open position. Hiring managers also want to see if you’re a good investment who will stick around longer than a year or two.
The best way to answer this question if it comes up in the final interview is to think about what you want to accomplish. Try to develop an answer that hints at a future with this company to provide peace of mind that you’re in it for the long haul.
3. Are you willing to relocate?
This final round interview question seems straightforward, and to a hiring manager, it usually is. Things move fast in business, and people who are flexible enough to upend their entire lives for the company are usually the ones they want.
Answer truthfully. If you’re flexible with location (or actively trying to get a job in another state), let them know! If not, don’t be afraid to say why.
But if you can’t relocate, reiterate your enthusiasm and let the interviewer know why it’s not possible now. You can even suggest alternatives like remote work, showing up to the office once a week or month, or a longer commute.
4. Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a coworker and how you handled it.
Most modern workplaces thrive when people can get along and form healthy working relationships. Interviewers tend to ask this interview question towards the end of the interview cycle to learn more about how to address disagreements. They want to know you can work alongside others even if you don’t always get along or agree.
Think about your past work experiences and choose moments highlighting your communication skills and teamwork. Focus on how you resolved the disagreement and steer clear of placing blame on anyone else.
5. Tell me about a time when you made a mistake at work.
You might also hear this question phrased as: “Tell me about a time you failed.”
Regardless of the verbiage, interviewers want to know that you can handle mistakes professionally. Mistakes happen all the time, but it’s how you respond to them that matters.
Once again, think back to past experiences and talk about when you recovered after a misstep. Try not to choose any situation that makes you look careless or unprofessional. Talk about how you recognized where you went wrong and what steps you took to correct them.
6. Can you share a time when you disagreed with your boss and how you handled it?
Despite how it sounds, this isn’t a trap! Of course, disagreements will happen, and you’ll face situations when conflicts arise between you and an authority figure in the workplace. Hiring managers want to know that you can handle those scenarios maturely.
It’s not a way to test your obedience or get you to say that you’d never disagree with a boss. That’s not the point here. The goal is to show you can handle challenging situations with class and professionalism.
Answering this final round interview question is tough, so you’ll need to prepare a response before heading into the interview. Try choosing an experience that taught you a lesson about handling conflict. Showing growth and maturity is critical.
7. What about our position interests you?
Everyone has their reasons for applying for a job beyond money. This is a way for your interviewer to learn more about your thought processes, motivations, and goals. It’s your chance to talk yourself up and connect the dots to get a job offer.
Think about what initially piqued your interest. Choose a few details of the job that excite you most and talk about them. When you do so, highlight how you’re the best person to fill the role and what you’ll do to succeed if given a chance.
8. Can you share a time when you displayed leadership skills?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re interviewing for a leadership position or not. This is a question that often gets asked to candidates who make it to the final round. Being a leader involves many valuable soft skills.
It requires determination, the ability to work with others, excellent communication, etc. All those skills are valuable in the workplace. Talking about a situation when you put those skills to use paints you in an impressive light and shows the hiring manager that you may have a long future of growth with the company.
9. What are your long-term career aspirations?
This question is similar to where you see yourself in five years. It’s about sharing your lofty goals and what you ultimately want to achieve.
Interviewers sometimes ask this question in final round interviews because they want to know your goals beyond this position. Your response is an excellent opportunity to show your enthusiasm and discuss how this role plays into your grander aspirations.
Try to avoid talking about other companies. You don’t need to say you’ll be at this organization forever, but the goal is to be specific about how this job can help you reach your ultimate goals.
10. Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Here’s an odd question to hear after going through several interviews. The purpose of this question is to test your communication skills. If you’re interviewing with a brand-new person, it could also serve as an opportunity to get to know you better and learn more about your experience beyond the resume.
Keep your answer concise. Talk about your past accomplishments, education, qualifications, and anything else that’s relevant. Tie your response nicely with a short statement about what brought you to the interview and why you’re a good fit for the job.
11. What is your ideal work environment?
Well-qualified candidates come around all the time. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good fit for the company culture.
This final interview question is about ensuring you can thrive in the company’s unique work environment. Whether that’s more solitary operations or an open and inviting group setting, the hiring manager needs to know you’ll fit.
If you’re set on landing this job, the best way to respond is to mold your answer to describe a similar work atmosphere as the company. You can figure that out before your interview with a bit of research. Assure the hiring manager that you will do fine with the work environment.
12. How do you handle pressure and stress?
All jobs can cause some feelings of stress and anxiety. Some people thrive with those emotions. Others crack under pressure.
With this question, interviewers aim to learn more about your emotional intelligence. They want to know you can handle the daily grind without letting it affect your mental health or performance.
The best approach for this question is to focus on how you manage stress. Talk about the steps you take to avoid anxiety and what you do when high-pressure situations arise.
13. Have you ever had to work with a difficult coworker? How did you handle it?
Here’s another chance to talk about conflict resolution and teamwork. Like the final round interview question about dealing with colleague disagreements, your response tells the interviewer a lot about how you deal with complex workplace situations.
Everyone has to work with someone they don’t like. Whether it’s clashing personalities, general rudeness, or some deep-rooted conflict, you must find ways to coexist.
Frame your answer to highlight how you communicate and work with others despite your differences.
14. What should I know that’s not on your resume?
Your resume can only say so much about who you are and what you have to bring to the table. If you hear this question, consider it a good sign! It typically means that the interviewer thinks you’re a good fit but wants to know more about you to make sure.
It’s a pretty open-ended question that you can take in many different directions. Generally, the best approach is to discuss an experience highlighting your soft and hard skills. Tell a short story or go into more detail about a mission that ties to this job.
15. What is your desired salary?
Here’s the dreaded salary question!
Many applicants fear this question because they believe it can hurt their chances of getting a job.
The best thing you can do is provide a realistic salary range based on accurate local research. See what similar positions at competitors are paying and keep your own experiences and qualifications in mind. Choose a suitable range, and let that be your jumping-off point for discussion.
You can also choose to delay the answer until you get a formal offer.
16. Is there anything you’d like to share about yourself?
This final interview question typically comes up at the end of the interview as a “final call” to talk about anything you haven’t gotten the chance to bring up.
Many people leave interviewers wishing they brought up specific experiences or qualifications. Now is your chance to do just that!
You can take many different approaches here. For example, you could clarify something on your resume, explain a previous detail better, or even ask questions about the role that you have yet to figure out.
Don’t feel that you have to share anything else. You can thank the interviewer for the opportunity and reiterate why you think you’re a good candidate.
17. What did you like the most about your last job?
This isn’t an invitation to talk bad about your old company or nag on previous supervisors. Many applicants get this question wrong because they misunderstand its purpose.
Any question about former jobs can be puzzling, but they’re usually about figuring out if you enjoy your work in the open position. The interviewer will take your response and compare it to the role’s responsibilities.
So, the best way to answer is to choose details that match the job you’re trying to get. For example, you could talk about the times you led teams if you’re interviewing for a leadership position.
18. Do you like working on your own or in a team?
This final interview question is similar to those about work environment and culture. While everyone has their preferences, certain work cultures could lean on one type of work over another. You might have to spend a ton of time working closely with others.
You might not be a good fit if you’re not a team player and prefer to work in solitude.
Do research about the company before heading to your interview. Learn more about how employees work and whether they collaborate often. From there, you can form your answer to reassure the interviewer that you can fit in without any issues.
19. What is your greatest strength?
Finally! A time where it’s acceptable to show off a little bit.
In most interview settings, modesty is the best policy. Going on and on about how great you are can make you look big-headed and pompous. But this question is like an open invitation to talk about what you do well.
Don’t list off a bunch of adjectives you think will impress the hiring manager. Instead, research the role and determine the most relevant skills and traits.
During your response, you can pick a few of your relevant strengths and discuss them in detail. Provide examples and put yourself in the best light possible.
20. What sets you apart from other candidates?
Hiring managers often talk to many people with similar qualifications as you. So what makes you unique, and why should they hire you over someone else?
Think long and hard about your answer to this final round interview question. You can think about your unique qualifications, experiences, and education. If any of those details make you a cut above the rest, don’t hesitate to discuss it.
Even if you have a different background than most applicants, that could be the thing that makes you a standout. Mention how you can bring a fresh perspective to the table, and focus on what you have that others don’t.
21. What benefits can you bring to the company?
Similar to the previous question, this one is about what unique things you have to offer. But it’s less about highlighting your skills and qualifications and more about showing that you understand the position’s challenges. What are you going to do to improve the bottom line? How will you fit into the bigger picture?
During your numerous interviews, you’ve likely learned about the unique challenges the company needs the hired person to solve. Now is your opportunity to present your ideas and explain why you’re the person who can solve these problems and they should hire to do the job.
22. What is your greatest weakness?
While “What’s your greatest strength” is an invitation to toot your own horn, this question is supposed to show that you have modesty and awareness.
People make mistakes, and everyone has flaws. But self-awareness is one of the most important traits you can have. If you’re aware of your weaknesses, you have the power to address them.
That’s what interviewers want to know when asking this question.
Think about your work and how you can improve. Avoid giving cliched answers, but don’t say anything that will hurt your chances. Keep your response simple and focus on showing awareness.
23. What is your work style?
Here’s another seemingly odd question that often catches people by surprise. When an interviewer asks about your work style, they’re trying to imagine how you fit into the organization and what it would be like to work with you.
It’s a relatively open-ended question, so there are many ways to answer it. The best course of action when answering this final interview question is to keep things positive and find ways to link them back to the job at hand. If the job requires teamwork, talk about your communication skills and leadership.
If it involves complex data work, you can mention how you buckle down and focus. Tell a story and provide a memorable answer that stands out.
24. How familiar are you with our company?
If you’ve made it through multiple interviews, you should know a fair amount about the company. Supplement your existing knowledge with additional research.
This question comes up in final interviews because hiring managers want to know that you’re well-prepared and understand what type of work you’re getting into. It shows that you’re genuinely interested in the company’s goals and are in it for more than just the money.
When answering this question, you can talk about the things that excite you most. Maybe you learned some interesting facts about the organization’s plans or why they are better than the competition. Talk about them and mention how you’re excited to participate in those endeavors. Here’s a more detailed guide on answering and explaining what you know about a company.
25. Are you open to remote work?
Remote work is becoming increasingly common. More organizations are offering remote opportunities to save on overhead costs. Not everyone is comfortable with that working style, so interviewers are beginning to ask about it during final round interviews (and often even earlier).
Before going into your interview, do a little research about remote work policies for this company. Some organizations are less keen on work-from-home plans, and they could use this question to weed out people who will eventually ask for remote opportunities. It pays to know where the company stands.
Once you have that figured out, answer honestly. If possible, highlight your flexibility to let the hiring manager know you’re open either way.
26. What are your passions?
Your passions say a lot about who you are. This final interview question provides unique insight into what type of person you are and whether you could fit in with the current company culture.
Don’t be afraid to talk about your actual hobbies. Ditch the obviously fake answers and be truthful about what you like to do in your spare time.
If possible, find ways to link it back to the job. For example, you can mention artistic endeavors if your job involves creative thinking.
27. How would your peers describe you?
Here’s another multifaceted question that focuses on self-awareness. With this question, hiring managers can learn more about how you are in the workplace and how you interact with others.
More importantly, it shows that you can take a step back and be aware of how you come off to others. Self-awareness is vital in business, and a question like this says a lot about your levels of perception.
Of course, the best approach is to keep things positive and focus on traits that could help you in this new job.
28. Why Should We Hire You?
This final interview question gives you one more chance to remind the interviewer why you have the talent, skills and abilities to do the job. The hiring manager is listening for your level of interest in the job and working at their company.
You don’t need to compare yourself to other candidates, you only need to talk about what you can do for the company. The interviewer also wants you to answer the question so they can hear if you understand the role by presenting relevant qualifications.
Now that you’re familiar with most of the final interview questions that you’ll likely hear, all you need to do is start preparing!
You’ve made it this far, now it’s time to bring it home and land the job.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.