投稿 約1年 前 によって David Sweet


Tips on Succeeding the Final Interview, by David Sweet, Ph.D.

最終面接を突破するために デビット・スウィート博士(Ph.D.)



The last interview is always the toughest.  So often, job applicants will breeze through one or two interviews and at the final interview, fall short. Why is that? What do you need to do different? How is the last interview different than all the proceeding?

Let’s get you prepared for that last meeting with the CEO or line manager so that you can succeed in landing that dream job.



First few Interviews 一次・二次面接

First and second interviews you’re competing against others. The company is weeding through piles of resumes and then meeting those that look good, judging whom to meet. Normally the first meeting is looking for culture fit and some level of technical skill competence.  At each stage, the interviewer is looking to see if they will pass you along to the next person in line.



Once you’ve passed these interviews, you have proven yourself  “You are fit for duty regarding your skill or personality.” There is no lack of talent or communication abilities, so be proud of that. However, there is also a good chance that the person who you just met isn’t in the position to decide, so you continued through the interview process.




The Final Meeting 最終面接

The final meeting is a place where the employer is making final determination for your ability, confirming what all proceeding interviews were about. But more importantly for you, this is also the most crucial time for decisions being made. When getting ready for the meeting CEO or Hiring Manager is looking for one thing: Your passion for the company. 



For a young applicant or a new graduate, you may not have all the skills and experience you need to join the company. Passion, however, is imperative. As Colm O’Connell, the famed coach of the leading Kenya Marathon runners expresses it: ‘Don’t start with knowledge! Start with desire and imagination, then knowledge will come.” That’s what companies are looking for.



Many of the finalists at interviews hold the same skills. The hiring manager still has questions. The one determinate that sway the decision maker is passion. If you saw the movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” you would have seen Chris Gardner display his passion. When he speaks to a crowd, you see his passion and tells young people all over the world to show your passion to get what you want.



However, sometimes you may be interviewing and the company you are at final with is not the company that is most interesting for you. What do you do then? You should show interest in the role and work to receive an offer. Once you see the work conditions, then you can decide if you want to take the job or not: you become the decision maker, not the company. If you fail to show interest and passion, than you may miss a chance to receive a job offer with a handsome salary and package that would entice you to join the company.

時として、最終面接まで進んだ会社が第一志望ではない、ということもあるかと思います。この場合はどうするのが正解なのでしょう? 正解はありませんが、今回紹介する最善の策は、その仕事に興味を示し、職務記述書など、仕事の詳細が書かれた書類をもらうことです。最終面接まで進めたということは、候補者がどれほどいようと、会社はあなたを認め、あなたという人材を欲している、ということです。その上で仕事内容の明細を確認できれば、会社はあなたを欲しているという強い意志を見せたこととなり、面接のイニシアチブを握ることができるようになります。もっとも、強い情熱と興味を示せなければ、高給で魅力的な肩書きの仕事を逃す可能性もあるので、誰よりもその仕事が欲しいという姿勢を見せることを忘れてはいけません。


So What to Do? 対策

Here are some solid stops you can do to ready yourself for that final interview with the company decision maker:



  • Study the company statistics—generally you can find those on the website. If they have an annual report, take a look at that, especially reading message from the president.
  • 会社概要の確認。企業ウェブサイトで見ることができるでしょう。前年度の年次報告、社長からの言葉があればそちらも合わせて確認し、経営者の方針が企業の経営とマッチしているかを確認しておくと良いでしょう。


  • Look at the company ideals, mission. Next, write down how your ideas and life experiences exemplify the ideals of the company.
  • 企業理念、目標を調べ、それがあなたの経験や理想、目標とどれほど合致しているか、合致させることができるかを明確にしておいてください。


  • Explore what training is offered. Decision makers like candidates who want to learn and grow. What do you want to learn and how will that benefit you.
  • 就職後にどのような教育や研修がされているのかを調べるのも武器になります。面接官や経営者は学び成長する意欲がある人を好みます。どのようなことを学習し、それがどう会社を、あなたを成長させるか考えておくと面接時に意欲を示しやすくなります。


  • Look at the website of the rival companies.
  • 志望企業だけでなく、ライバル企業のホームページも見て比較し、「なぜこの会社が良いのか」を説明できるようにしておいてください。


  • Read the blogs of the company.
  • 会社のブログ、社員の声なども読んでおいて損はありません。


  • And the key question, most importantly, again ask yourself: why should the company hire you? What skills and experiences do you have that are unique to you and you bring to this position? Even if it is only experience from university or a part-time job, think that through as well.
  • 最も重要なことは、「なぜこの会社は自分を雇うべきなのか」を自問自答することです。どのような経験やスキルが人と違っていて、希望している仕事に有益に働くのかをはっきりさせておいてください。この経験やスキルが大学やアルバイトからのものでしかなくとも、それもまたあなたが持っている有用性の一つである可能性は大いにあります。しっかりと熟考し、はっきりと答えられるようにしておくと有利に働くでしょう。


Last Thoughts 最後に

Prepare questions for the interviewer. Hiring managers are leaders in the company and they like talking about their company. They also like people who are interest in their company. Write down what you want to know. Do not ask anything written on the company website as it looks like you’ve not you're your research.



Just because you’ve gone through 2 or 3 interviews, there is no guarantee that you have the job. Be alert, curious, and open to receiving an offer from the company. Once you receive an offer, than you are in the driver’s seat and can decide what is best for your career.




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