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?
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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