17 October 2018
How to: Prep for a second interview

Good news! You have aced the first interview and have been invited back for a second. Whilst you have made a good impression on the potential employer, you still have round two to go.

Depending on the industry, the second interview varies. You may be asked to complete a variety of tasks or be sat down with senior management who will have further questions to ask you. This is the opportunity for the employer to gauge whether or not you are the ideal candidate for the role. As you have heard many times before, its all about company culture to assess not only if you have the right skills, but whether you will be a good fit for the company.

As we have said time and time again, preparation is key for a successful interview.  The interviewer will likely disclose whether the second interview involves tasks or who it will be with in order for you to prepare. Take the time to reflect on the first interview and the questions that were raised then. You would have got a good sense of what is expected of you and the traits they are looking for from round one.

The second round will most likely delve deeper into the organisation and what you know about the company. Use LinkedIn to check out those who work there, or if you know, the people who will be interviewing you. Check out the website to find out the company values and mission statement if you have not so already. A likely question will be, “Why do you want to work here?” By mentioning their company values and how it falls in line with your own is a good response.

The second interview is all about standing out from the crowd. There may be a couple more candidates who have too been asked back. By understanding the job and what is expected of you, will allow you to ask good questions. Whether that is the progression within the company or aspects of the job description you can talk about your strengths on how you can progress on certain duties of what is expected of you. This is a good time to focus on your strengths and achievements in past roles and how you can adapt this in your new role. Have a think about the key things that stand out in your own mind about what your have achieved and jot these down.

Another question that is likely to be asked of you during the second interview is “Why are you leaving your current role?” Again by focusing on the new potential employers and the positives about the company, will lend itself to a good response.

Your salary expectations too may be raised during this time. If it is not stated on the original job advert, have an idea of what you would like to earn in this new role based on your previous experience and that of other similar roles within the area or in the same industry.

And finally, this may be a good time to address any reservations they may have about hiring you. By offering to do extra training or a course to help in certain areas will certainly show your willingness to continually improve in your role.

Good luck!


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