google-site-verification: googleb943d61bcb9cdbf7.html

The Surprise Third Interview (VIDEO)

Follow Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter on Facebook

What do you do when you have been led to believe or told that there would be two interviews and a decision and suddenly there is a third interview with a person who is your boss’ boss? I answer this question here.


The question someone posted a is, "I thought this is only supposed to be a 2 interview process and someone call me up today about a third interview that I didn't expect. I'm supposed to meet your boss's boss and maybe their boss, as well. What is this all about?"

There is probably something that they are concerned about and your potential future boss and their boss as an arbiter to help them make the choice. Maybe it is you and one other person that they have to choose between. My thinking is that they have a concern that has surfaced.

I would encourage you to reach back to HR or reach back to the hiring manager and simply say, "hey, I didn't realize there was going to be a third interview. Would you give me a sense of what the subject is to be that they are going to cover? Are there any concerns that exist with my background?" You're asking is not because you want to cause them to be worried because you're not They are going to tell you what the agenda is for your boss, your boss's boss and maybe their boss's boss.

Maybe they have a budget thing going on. Maybe there is something in your backgrounds given them “cause for pause.” Maybe there is something that you have said that has caused them to hesitate.

No matter, this is not a formality. You are right to recognize that there is a concern on their part.

Go in at your best. Be prepared. Be congruent with what you said previously and check with them about what the subjects will be that they will try to cover. That will go a long way to heading off any faux pas on your part that would cause you to lose that opportunity.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to [email protected] offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”


If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

%d bloggers like this: