How to Succeed in Finalist Interviews

Finalist interviews at businesses and organizations are a different beast than other rounds of interviews. New tactics are needed in order to secure the offer as the game has largely changed from previous rounds of interviews.
First, finalist interviews are no longer about determining whether you are qualified. They already know you have the necessary qualifications. Focus instead on what makes you uniquely qualified for it.
Second, it is more about the fit and which finalist they like the most. Numerous examples throughout time show a lesser experienced candidate surpassing the front runner at the end largely because they were better at pushing the emotional hot buttons of the interviewers.
Third, be prepared to compete. If you know you bring something to the table your competitor does not emphasize the importance of that area. Play to your strengths. Don’t directly bash your competitor but clearly differentiate yourself.
Lastly, close for the offer. Ask for the job during finalist interviews. Let them know you want it. It will move them emotionally when you say you want to be on their team and to bring your talents and abilities to their company.

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