After completing your initial interview with a potential employer, if you did well there’s a strong chance you will be asked back for a second interview. Second interviews are more in-depth and hiring managers tend to ask more difficult questions. This is also one of the final steps before landing the job, so you can never be too prepared.
Don’t think that just because you did well in the first round that you can relax and take it easy with the second one. You want to ensure that you’re fully equipped for this next stage in the hiring process. Follow these helpful tips that will prepare you for the second interview and increase your chances of landing the job.
Do even more research
Before your first interview, you should always do research beforehand. However, this is still true for your second interview. This time around, you need to be even more detailed with your research. Read more about their company culture, learn about all of their products and services, and keep up-to-date on the most current news from the organization. Take time to also check and follow their social media pages so you know about any recent updates. Your research is critical in determining your preparedness to move further ahead in the hiring process.
Dress professionally or appropriate to the organization
Now that you’ve had an in-person interview, you probably now have a better sense of the style of the office and what people wear there. You may need to make adjustments to your interview outfit, but it should still be professional. Casual, non-business attire should never be worn during interviews. If you are still unsure about the dress code, it’s best to be on the safe side and dress in business attire, as it’s always the preferred option.
Address your interviewers by name
If you are being interviewed by the same people as your previous interview, make it a point to address each one of them by their name. It is important to preserve a positive relationship with the hiring managers and you can do this by showing that you remembered their names. When speaking with them, you still need to remain professional and not too casual. This little gesture can go a long way.
Know how to fully answer the question “Why do you want this job?”
You were most likely asked this question during your first interview, but now they are expecting a more in-depth answer. You don’t want to be thrown off when being asked this question again and say the same answer as you did the first time around. Prepare your answer beforehand and really dig deep when thinking of why you want this job. Try to include a reference to something your interviewer said in your first interview to show that what they said made an impact on your decisions to want to work there.
As well as “Why do you want to work for this organization?”
Company culture is important to many organizations, so they will be looking for a new hire who they think will fit in with those already working there. Think about why you like this organization so much. Is it because of what they do? Is it because of their humanitarian efforts? Figure out what it is that attracts you to this specific organization and be ready to share this with the hiring managers.
Look over your resume again
Before this next interview, it’s important to really look at your resume or any materials you submitted again. Think of ways you have faced challenges and had accomplishments in each of your past roles. This way you can truly speak to all of your past experiences and match it to the job you are up for. If you realize there are certain skills or experiences you didn’t get to speak to the first time around, make sure you bring them up in this second interview setting.
Prepare questions to ask your interviewer
Hiring managers aren’t just looking for someone to just nod and answer their questions; they want someone who is engaging and asks questions as well. Come prepared with different and more detailed questions than you asked in your first interview.
The second interview is when an employer is not only trying to determine if you are a right fit for them, but it's also when you need to decide if the positon and organization are a right fit for you. Take a look at these questions that you can ask that will help determine just that:
- What do you enjoy most about working for this organization?
- What will be the biggest challenges someone will face in this job in the first few months?
- How would you describe your management style?
- What have past employees done to be successful in this position?
- What are the next steps in the hiring process?
- If I were offered the job, when would you like me to start?
Say thank you again
Just as you should always send a thank you note or message after your first interview, the same approach applies for after your second interview. Even if you met with some of the same people, a thank you will go a long way in continuing to demonstrate your interest in a position. Take the time to craft a well-thought out and detailed message. Before sending it, proof, proof, and reproof your note or message for correct spelling of names and grammar usage. This could be the final impression an employer gets of you before they make a hiring decision. A small, simple typo can knock you out of the race to the finish line.
The second interview is a time to truly make an impact and set yourself apart from the other candidates. To best be prepared, take what you learned from the first interview and go in with more enthusiasm so you can be on your way to getting hired.
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