I have been called in for a 3rd interview at a company.
Exactly four. Always.
Any time I've been involved with a 3rd interview (on the interviewing end) has been the case were 'Bob won't sign off unless he talks to him first'.
Definitely a good sign.
Joel Spolsky (Fog Creek Software)
Sounds like it's in the bag.
Anon - Dude! When they call you to say "we would like you to come in for a third interview...." you should have your pen and paper in hand and ask them:
Are multiple interviews like this really common? I can understand having someone back for a second interview for clarification or reassessment for a different position but a third interview would make me suspect that they don't have their stuff together and I'd be tempted to just tell them to take it or leave it at that point (assuming I'm employed and would have to take a day off to go to the interview... if out of work, I might be more forgiving though still cautious).
3rd interview is fine, the company won't bet for you after 45 mins of the 1st interview.
Actually this same thing (3 interviews) is happening to me and I'd never experienced it before either. So I wouldn't call it common ( only 1 out of 4 places I've ever done it for has gone this long), but I guess I can't call it super-rare either.
It's good news, but not great news. They are interested in you, but feeling borderline. They probably want some more opinions on you. good luck!!
Don't read anything into this. Companies interview so many different ways. Maybe last time they didn't have everyone available. Maybe person X was on vacation. Maybe they always do three tiers of interviews. Maybe they like the number three. Keep the end goal in mind and don't get side tracked with self-doubt. They called you back - there are probably a 100 they did not call back. Be proud of that in the current economy and focus on your interviewing skills.
We often have one marathon interview. I'm not sure that is the best thing either. Maybe 3 shorters ones would be better.
christopher baus (www.baus.net)
I figure that if you have doubts about somebody after a screening and "real" interview, you should pass.
Congrats on the third interview! I am currently in the same situation myself as the company I am interviewing with has called me for a third interview. I have found this to be rather common in my field. The first interview is with the HR person who screens you to make sure you have the right skillset. The second interview is usually with the hiring manager. The third interview is usually the technical interview. Interviews two and three can be interchangeable, I've had it both ways before. Either way, it was a rare occasion I didn't get an offer after a third interview. So good luck!
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