How to Prepare for a Second Interview
Congratulations! You have aced your first interview and are invited to a second interview. The second interview is a great sign – it acknowledges that the company truly believes that your qualifications and personality are a good fit for the company, and now they are simply getting their second look to make sure that their belief is justified.
However, second interviews are not something to take lightly. Remember that you are not the only one that has been asked to come in for a second interview, and your competition is now fiercer, because they will work even harder at the second interview.
Below are some tips to improve your success at the second interview and ensure that you get offered the job.
Second Interview Preparation
It is vital that you thoroughly prepare for your second interview. The first thing you should do is make sure you have researched everything you can about the company, spending hours understanding their products, services, and workplace environment. You are very close to getting hired, and it is very important that you display a knowledge about how the company works. See our post on how to thoroughly research a company.
Also be prepared for any doubts or unanswered questions from your last interview. Most people leave the first interview with things that they wish they had shared or concerns they wish they had addressed. Your second interview is a chance to clear up those issues. Consider bringing a portfolio of your achievements if it will help. Be as well prepared with your second as you did with your first interview.
It is also important that you prepare several well formatted resumes and bring them with you to the interview. Second interviews often involve meeting with several staff members, and it is a good idea to provide each one with your resume for review. It also looks more professional.
Second Interview Questions
Second interview questions are often different from the first interview. While interview questions at the first interview focus on who you are, second interview questions often deal with how well you’ll fit into the organization. It is a good idea to be prepared for the most common behavioral interview questions. The second interview is quite likely to focus on the same types of questions highlighted in behavioral interviews.
If there are more than one person interviewing you, make sure you ask different questions to each person. Come prepared with these questions before hand. Here are some examples of good interview questions to ask at the second interview:
- What do you use to measure individual employee performance?
- How would you describe the current work environment?
- Does the company do anything specific to groom employees for greater roles and responsibilities?
The second interview is also where discussion about salary often takes place. Always let the employer bring up the details first. Let them be the first to tell you how much they are willing to pay the position. Your goal is to find out how much they’re willing to pay for the position first before you can decide how to negotiate. If you are first to name the price, you may be asking too little or asking too much.
After the Second Interview
Once the second interview is over, follow up with an email thanking them for allowing you to interview with their company.
Email everyone who interviewed you, but if you only had one email, start your letter as follows:
I’d like to thank you, Jane, James, Jerry and Jessica for taking time out of your day to meet with me…
The recipient of your email is much more likely to send the email along to other staff members if you use their names.
If you perform all of these tips correctly, remain positive, highlight your strengths, and answer questions perfectly, you will put yourself in great position to get the job.