6 ways to get the most out of a second interview
If you’ve already had one face to face interview (and possibly a telephone interview as well) then you might think that the second interview stage will be easy. Sadly, that isn’t always the case. It’s the stage where you need to get down to the nitty gritty, a bit like the second viewing of a house. You wouldn’t buy a home without making sure that your furniture will fit. The same applies to a job; you need to make sure it measures up.
Find out who you’ll be meeting and research them, just like you would at first interview
LinkedIn can be a great tool for this but don’t forget to google them as well. If you find anything in common or can comment on anything that they’ve written etc then it will help to build rapport as well as showing you’ve taken the time to do the research.
Refresh your research on the company, including checking any recent announcements or press coverage
If there is anything new and you are interviewing with the same person, then you can show you’re keeping up-to-date. If you are meeting a new person then you will need to demonstrate again that you have done your homework
Think what questions you still have about the role that you need answered before you can accept a job offer
This is where you see how they measure up. Think about the role, logistics, team, management and career progression. Most companies won’t have more than the second interview stage so this will be your last chance to find out those finer details. Be balanced when it comes to benefits and remuneration; you don’t want to come across as greedy but equally you need to know what the offer actually is. If you are using a recruiter then it’s probably best to discuss these details with them before the second interview rather than the interviewer.
Think about what questions they might ask you this time
This is where they’ll see how you measure up, particularly against the competition. The questions asked will probably be dictated by a couple of things. If you are meeting the same person then expect deeper probing on your experience and suitability for the role. If there was an area you struggled with first time, they might explore this in more detail. Are there any areas of the role that you haven’t discussed yet? If you are meeting a new person then expect to go over some of the same questions you covered in the first interview, as well as the more probing ones. Also consider how their role will influence the questions they’ll ask. For instance, an HR manager will ask people-centric questions whereas an IT manager might ask technical questions.
Think of new competency based examples
No matter who is interviewing you, they will want to make sure you really can do the job. When they’re comparing you against other applicants it will be what you’ve actually done that they’re comparing, not what your responsibilities are. I heard someone explain this very well recently; I’m responsible for the washing but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a pile waiting to be done!! They want to make sure you get the washing done and you don’t want to be rehashing old stories so think of examples where you have used the skills listed in the job spec
Finally, remember the 4 P’s of interviewing;
Preparation (aka research)
Positivity (about your past career and the role in question)
Professionalism (at all times)
If you bear these simple things in mind you should breeze through your second interview and hopefully get a job offer at the end. Good luck with the job hunt.
Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 7 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+
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