A second-round interview shows you have met the core job requirements, you have successfully demonstrated you want the job and they are interested in hearing more from you. It is also pretty standard for more competitive roles and it is where the real vetting happens.
Make sure you take it seriously. It is a great sign to get a second interview, but it does not confirm getting the job. The company will want to get to know you better and find out which candidates will be the best fit.
Read on for our tips on what to expect and how to prepare for your second interview.
#1 New, or More Interviewers
It’s not unusual for different people to be interviewing you in a second interview. So, make sure you inquire about who will be interviewing you. Then, you can look up your interviewers as part of your interview prep, use the company website or Linked In to find out a little about their backgrounds. This can be really helpful in coming up with specific questions to ask. Employers are impressed when a candidate has done their research.
#2 Expect More In-Depth Questions
When it comes to your second interview, you should expect a more in-depth discussion. You will likely talk about how you will operate in the role and you should prepare new questions to demonstrate your deeper level of research.
New questions are particularly important if you are meeting with the same interviewer, so use your first interview as a jumping off point. Is there something you wished you’d brought up or a question you wish you’d answered differently? Review your notes from your first interview and see where you can expand. Think about what the role requires and make sure you have plenty of example s which demonstrate why you are the best person for the role.
#3 Show you Fit In With Company Culture
Try to take cues from the interviewer regarding how casual or formal you should be. In today’s competitive environment, much of your second-round success comes down to how well you will fit in as well as your competence for the role!
With new interviewers and unknown personalities, you might be nervous but there is no reason to stress. Just relax, be yourself and use what you’ve learned so far to align yourself with the company values and identity.
#4 Presentation Tips – Response To Brief
Always End With Interest
However well you think the interview goes, remember to try and end on a positive note. Something as simple as being enthusiastic can leave a lasting impression on interviewers.
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