Congratulations! You got a second job interview!
Be aware that this is a very important step. If the recruiter wanted to contact you for a second interview, it means that the company is really interested in you. You are vying for the position you want and in this article, you will find everything you need to know to have the perfect second job interview.
Many companies conduct two or more job interviews to evaluate candidates. Companies conducting multiple interviews want to make sure the candidate they choose is carefully considered in different aspects.
The second job interview, in fact, serves to have some more specific information on the candidate, regarding his qualifications and his ability to perform in the company.
Tips for preparation
As with the first job interview, it is essential for the second one to prepare well: know what to expect and be ready to face the situation.
Here’s what you’ll need to do before taking your second job interview.
Find out about the interview “schedule”.
Sometimes, the second job interview can be longer than the first. You may meet several people: company management, staff members, and other employees. Therefore, it is important to ask the person you are interviewing what the interview schedule will be – this way you know exactly what to expect.
Stay up to date on the company.
Even if you had collected as much information about the company as possible for the first job interview, continue to keep up to date on what concerns the company. Read the news, follow the social profiles, read the company’s blog and follow the people who work in that company on LinkedIn, and also stay informed about developments in the sector. In this way, during the interview, you can continue to demonstrate your strong interest in the company and your enthusiasm for the opportunity to enter that environment.
Review the questions and answers from the first interview.
It is not impossible that during the second job interview you will be asked the same questions that the recruiter asked you in the first. For this, review the answers you gave to the interviewer so that you remember them and be in line with the things you said the first time. Below you will find other questions they may ask you during the second interview, such as preparing your answers for the first.
Think of all the information you didn’t mention in the first interview.
Is there something important that you forgot to mention during the first job interview? Would you have liked to better argue your answer? If the answer is yes, then your second interview is the perfect opportunity to broaden your answers and say everything you missed the first time.
Even if employees in the workplace dress casually, do not underestimate the importance of presenting yourself with an elegant and refined look to make a good impression on the people you meet. Your look communicates your professionalism and how interested you are in getting that job.
Prepare the questions to ask at the interview.
Getting a second interview means that your chances of being hired are high, so it is appropriate that you ask some specific questions about the role and the company. You will most likely have in front of you the people who work in the company and who can best talk to you about the company culture, your responsibilities and solve all your doubts, so take the opportunity to ask reasonable and specific questions.
What to do during the interview
Keep your enthusiasm high.
The second job interview could be longer than the first one, whatever the duration of this one, try to stay energized and positive throughout the interview. Each person you meet will evaluate you based on your qualifications but also your motivation and interest in that role. So try to be enthusiastic and grateful for the opportunity.
Be concrete when talking about your qualifications and skills.
Be sure to talk about specific examples of situations where you have used your most important skills to tackle challenges, complete projects, and achieve your results. The people who will listen to your story will not take your word for it, you will have to tell concrete episodes that took place in the workplace where you proved to have certain skills.
Have positive conversations.
You may meet several people who will talk to you about the company, show you their work, explain what your duties will be, and have simple conversations with them, even informal ones. During the interview, you must be a good listener, involved, and attentive.
Expect a group interview.
It is not uncommon for the second interview to actually consist of a group interview where you and other candidates have to carry out collective activities. Employers use these situations to evaluate your ability to work in a team: your leadership and team player skills, combined with the other skills needed to do a good job. During these exercises make sure you listen to others, seek consensus, ask for opinions and opinions by collaborating with your team.
Show that this is the job you really want.
Show the people you meet, through your words, your enthusiasm, and knowledge of the company’s work, that that place is what you really want and that you will be a good match for the company. Without sounding desperate, show your desire to be part of that context.
Questions for a second job interview
During a second job interview, you are likely to be asked more specific questions, in addition to those you already answered in the first one. The specific questions concern the role, the company, and how your qualifications, skills, and abilities make you the right match for what the company is looking for in the candidate to hire.
Here is the list of frequently asked questions:
- What new challenges are you looking for in your next job?
- Why do you want this job?
- What could you do for the company if we decided to hire you?
- Why do you think you are the right person for us?
- What similar experiences have you had before?
- Why are you interested in this company?
- What do you know about the company?
- What do you expect regarding pay?
Besides, the people you meet at the second interview may ask you some questions about your career goals, your aspirations, or how you would like your role to develop within the company.
How to answer questions
Give detailed and comprehensive answers
As regards the questions concerning the role and the company, your answers must be detailed and comprehensive.
For example, if you’ve applied for a position in the sales industry, you’ll most likely be asked questions regarding your sales results. In this case, be specific by explaining how you can help the company grow the number of sales and market shares.
For this type of question, you will need to build your answer around the company’s products and services and make it clear that you can contribute to the company’s goals.
The best way to prepare for answering the second interview questions is to gather as much information as possible about the role you will have and the company – the more you know about your future responsibilities, the company’s corporate culture, and the industry in which it works – the easier it will be to adapt your answers to the company’s needs.
Also, look for examples of questions the recruiter usually asks candidates for your specific role, so you can prepare effectively.
Review the information you gathered and the things you learned in the first interview. Think about everything you’ve talked about because the interviewer might use the things you mentioned as a starting point to ask you more questions.
Also, think about what he/she has told you about the company and what they are looking for in the person they will hire. All this information could then be deepened in the second interview.
Don’t be afraid to show what you know. You’ve researched the company and kept up to date with current news, so don’t be afraid to say during the interview that you know the company has specific goals and that you can’t wait to join the organization to help them achieve them. Always be specific and thorough in your answers.
Show your skills
If you’ve done any projects or have material you’ve worked on, it’s important to bring them with you for this second round of interviews. Even if you already showed them to the recruiter. During the second job interview, it is not uncommon for other employees to be present who may be working with you or who will be part of your team – make yourself better known.
Don’t forget that you need to introduce yourself and sell yourself well to every person you know. Each of them may be asked what impression you made or what they think of you, so don’t think that you only need to impress management or your manager. Each person could give their opinion and influence your hiring.
Give consistent answers
Give consistent answers and don’t contradict yourself. Remember that your interlocutors will exchange feedback on your responses, so it is important that what you say to one person is consistent with what you say to the other three. Do not contradict by telling different versions, otherwise, they will not know what to believe. Review the information you wrote in the resume and the information you shared with the recruiter during the first interview, to make sure it matches what you will say in this second meeting.
If you are asked the same questions, you can mention when you answer that you mentioned that information in your first interview. This way, you will show that you are attentive, have a good memory and a high interest in that position
Be thorough and direct in your answers, do not assume that since you have already addressed certain questions during the first interview you can afford to answer more roughly and quickly. Also, don’t assume that since you got a second interview, the job is pretty much yours now. Prepare for every single interview meticulously and do your best to make a good impression.
What to do after the interview
After you finish the interview and ease the tension, make sure you make the right thoughts about the position offered. Is it really the right one for you? Do you have any doubts left to resolve? It is very important to think carefully at this stage of the selection, because a third interview, or the job offer, may be upon us.
In some cases, you may already receive the hiring proposal during the second interview. Keep in mind that you don’t have to answer at that exact moment. In fact, unless you’re 110% sure you want that seat, it’s best not to confirm right away. While everything may seem perfect to you while you are in the interview, later on, you may find that there are unconvincing aspects of the job. When proposing, ask for some time to think about it and ask when you need to answer.
Finally, send a letter of thanks to the people who led the meeting. As with any interview you have, it is a good idea to send a thank-you email to the people you met and discussed the position with. A good opportunity to reiterate your interest and thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the company.