Acing the Second Interview


You’ve been called in for a second interview. Yes, congratulate yourself; you truly should be proud.

But now you need to return to perhaps at least one or two of the same people – and probably some new ones — and wow them all over again. And you can rest assured that this interview will be “tougher” than the first.

Follow the tips below to help you ace the second round of job interviews.

  1. Be especially prepared because the second round of interviews tend to be more intense than the first. The first interview tends to be a screening session. Now your hiring manager/interviewer will get to the meat of what it is you bring to the table.
  2. Ask who will be at the second interview. You can ask this when you are notified that you’ve been selected for a second round. Will your direct supervisor be there? His or her boss? Additional colleagues and/or constituents?
  3. Once you know names (and you should ask for names), start some online sleuthing. Check out LinkedIn profiles. Google a person’s name and see what comes up. Your aim is to learn about the person’s business past and see where you have commonalities (perhaps you went to the same school, or belong to the same business organization).
  4. A second interview often is where hiring managers look to see how well you’ll fit in in the company and, more importantly, the department in which you’ll be working. So expect behavioral questions (“Describe a time when you handled an angry customer”) as well as queries your interviewer will use in order to see how well you think on your feet.
  5. Second interviews sometimes can take place in a group situation, where you’ll meet with several people at the same time. These can be nerve wracking, but a great tip to help you relax is to answer questions by looking at each person in the group individually for a moment or two as you give your answer.
  6. Don’t forget: you’re interviewing the company/department as well. When you leave the interview, ask yourself how you felt about your potential future colleagues/boss, how the company runs itself and other “intangibles” regarding how well you and your new employer will “get along.” If you don’t feel this is a good fit for you, you may want to take a pass on this opportunity and keep looking for the position/firm that’s best for you.

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