A second interview means that you must have rocked your first one! While a second interview is one step closer to your dream job, you’re not off the hook yet! Feeling confident as you roll into interview number 2 is a great feeling, but that doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared than you were the first time. Here are some tips on what to expect during a second interview so that you can give it everything you’ve got!
This could seem like a benefit or a disadvantage, depending on who you spoke with during your first round of interviews and how confident you felt when you left the room. Either way, consider it a clean slate. It is common for different team members, executives, or hiring managers, to interview you, instead of the familiar face that you saw last week. Don’t expect a new person to have received all of the information that you told the previous person during your first interview. Treat the experience like your first interview, and don’t worry about repeating yourself; they’ve never heard it! Even if they’ve been briefed on how great you are, they are making their own opinion about you, so make the most of your time!
If you were asked to come back, they probably aren’t worried about your college degrees or hard skills. Don’t recite your résumé, unless they ask for information directly related to the year you graduated or your responsibilities at your last job. Expect big picture questions about your future plans for your potential role and in-depth questions about your greatest weakness or biggest failure, as they dive in to get to know the real you. No matter how broad the line of questions may seem, always relate it back to your strengths and how you can positively impact the company. They want to relate to you and get a glimpse of who you are as a person, so be honest and transparent, and show them how you would fit into the company.
It’s time for numbers, dates, and all things logistically-speaking! Come prepared so that there isn’t a question that you’re forced to answer with “I don’t know” or “Let me get back to you on that.” Be prepared with start dates, current job logistics, desired salary, and work schedule, so that you look prepared and ready to start this new journey with the company. Being fully equipped with necessary details will make you look confident and ready for the next step, and it could set you apart from another top contender. It’s ok if you need to write some things down to remember the facts correctly. It’s better to have the information on hand than leave a question unanswered.
Just because you asked questions at the end of your first interview, doesn’t mean that you should stay quiet this time! Asking questions of your own will show that you are still engaged. Come prepared with a list of different questions so that you seem equally as interested in and curious about the available position. Do as your potential employer is doing and get to know them on a deeper level with questions that have an in-depth scope. Ask open-ended questions such as, “What do you like most about working here?” or “What is the greatest challenge of this position?” This is your chance to continue to learn more about the company and employees to see if it’s a right fit for you.
Today, especially, everyone is consumed by a company’s culture and how the team thrives within that culture. Anticipate conversations surrounding how you form relationships, how you work with others, and how you might lead a team of employees. If they seem to be asking “pointless” questions about work environment, family life, or hobbies, they are probably trying to see if you’d be a good culture fit for their company. Don’t tell them what you think they want to hear as that could lead to a poor fit for the company and for you. Besides, you never know what they are looking for.
Be prepared for a deeper dive during round 2! Be ready to clear up any confusions, fill any gaps, or go into more detail about your perspective. Stay consistent, be yourself, and gear up to give it your all. Just because you have a second interview, doesn’t mean that you’ve got the job. Iron your clothes, make eye contact, and treat this interview like it’s your first.