Advice For The Tricky Second Interview

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Published: 30 Apr 2017      

Not all jobs require just the one interview before you know whether or not you have the role. In some cases, you may have to undergo a telephone interview before meeting anybody face-to-face and, in occasional cases, you may even get called in for a second interview if competition for the role is high.

So how do you prepare for a second interview? After all, you may feel as though you answered every question you needed to in the first one. Let’s take a look at some useful tips.

Be Confident…But Not Arrogant

The fact that you have been called in for a second interview in the first place is a reason to be confident. You must have impressed during the first one, so you are off to a great start. However, you are certainly not over the finish line yet, so do not allow your confidence to turn into arrogance. You still have competition for the role to face and a brand new challenge stands in front of you. Approach it knowing that your skillset is enough to keep the company interested in you but don’t act as though it’s already in the bag.

Learn From The Previous Interview

With a little bit of luck, the first interview will have provided you with some useful intel in regards to who will be questioning you in your second interview. Glean as much information about the role as you can during the first session and use that to bolster your research into the company and the people behind it. If you have been given any names of people who you will end up working with should you get the role, spend some time finding them on LinkedIn and other social media sites to work out what they actually do, then use that knowledge to your advantage in the second interview.

What Didn’t You Say?

In your preparations for the first interview, you likely came up with a whole slew of topics that you didn’t get the chance to talk about. Perhaps there’s a story about how you used a particular skill to the benefit of your previous employer that didn’t get told, for example. Simply put, the second interview is a chance for you to showcase the skills and talents that may not have received the proper attention in the first session, so think about what you can bring to the table that is completely new.

The Devil is in the Details

Many employers will use the second interview to shore up any information that they may not have delivered or received from you in the first one. For example, second interviews are typically when a company will discuss salary expectations in earnest, figure out more about your potential start times, and even give you a tour of the company’s facilities. It’s all about finding out more to see if the role is a good fit, on both sides. Go I prepared to answer more pointed questions, while also understanding that this interview is a chance for you to learn more about your prospective employer.

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