After sitting on pins and needles for a few days, you finally got a call from a prospective employer. They want you to come in for another round of interviews. This is your chance to really make a good impression. It’s your chance to prove why you are the best candidate and win the job. Here are 5 do’s and don’ts for nailing second job interviews.

is a second interview a good thing

Is a Second Interview a Good Thing?

Absolutely! Getting a call for a second job interview is always a good sign. Employers typically invite a select few candidates for the second round of interviews. If you are one of them, they have an interest in hiring you. It’s your opportunity to really make a great impression.


What Is a Second Interview For?

There are a lot of reasons why hiring companies choose to do a second round of interviews. For starters, they obviously see something in you and want to learn more.

Employers have limited time to learn as much as possible about a candidate and then compare them to others. A second interview allows employers to continue the conversation. Some of the reasons they hold a second interview are to:

  • Introduce you to other people within the organization
  • See if you are a good fit from a company culture perspective
  • Dig deeper into some of the topics you previously explored
  • Differentiate you from another top candidate
  • Conduct skills and knowledge testing

How to Prepare for the Second Round of Questioning

DO: Reflect on the first round of questioning

Put some time into reviewing the first interview. Which types of questions did they ask? What didn’t they ask? Which areas do you feel you would like to speak about in greater detail? Be just as prepared for the second interview as the first.

DON’T: Reiterate everything you said in the first interview

The second interview is your opportunity to go more in-depth. You can expect some follow-up and review, but be prepared to answer questions in greater detail. Be prepared to provide specific examples and be ready to be asked more direct questions about your skills and experience. Expect some behavioural questioning.

DO:  Determine if the company is a good fit for you

This is your opportunity to determine if you want to work for the employer. So, prepare a list of additional questions you would like to ask.

DON’T: Let your guard down or assume you have the job

You are not likely the only candidate who is getting a second interview. Don’t celebrate too early and assume you have the job in the bag.

DO: Be ready to meet the team

Depending on the company, you could have your second interview with a different person, be asked questions by a panel, or even be introduced to the team. Be ready to make a good impression on multiple people.

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Priscilla Poirier

Priscilla is a Recruitment Consultant whose primary focus is recruiting for contract positions within the IT, Finance, and HR functions. With more than four years of experience as a specialized contract recruiter, within the IT & Finance sectors, Priscilla truly enjoys what she does. She loves that recruitment allows her to meet amazing new people every day, and is thrilled when she can make someone’s day by letting them know they GOT THE JOB!

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