How to Nail a Second Interview

If you’re reading this article then you’re already nailing it so far! You’ve applied for a job and impressed the employer so much in the first interview that they’ve invited you back to face a second interview.

By this point, the company is seriously interested in hiring you, otherwise, they wouldn’t have invited you back. After the second interview, they’ll make a final decision based on how it goes.

The second interview is also your chance to clarify anything that you’re not sure about like the job conditions (including the salary!). So make sure you prepare plenty of questions in advance.

This guide will help you to prepare for your second interview and it will give you some tips on how to handle the nerves and boost your performance during the interview.

How to Prepare for Your Second Interview

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Preparation is the key to nailing a second interview. Here are some key things you can do in the run-up to yours to maximize your chances of success.

Do your homework

Taking the time to properly research the company will put you in a strong position. It’ll show the employer that you’re a serious candidate and will allow you to ask some considered, intelligent questions. Go onto the company’s website and find out as much as you can.

Predict the interview questions

Think through the questions they asked you in the first interview. What did the ask you? What didn’t they ask you? Think about things which you didn’t discuss in the first interview and the weaker answers you gave (which they might want to revisit). The more questions you predict correctly (and think of strong answers for), the more confident you’ll feel in the interview.

Get the agenda

Don’t get caught out by avoidable surprises! Sometimes second interviews can be a day long. Sometimes they include group interviews, activities, and lunches. Be ready for whatever’s coming and make sure you’re on the same page as the employer.

Dress professionally

If in doubt go smart. Even though more and more workplaces have a casual dress code, dress professionally unless you’re told otherwise. If they tell you to dress down, still go wearing smart-casual clothes.

Second Interview Tips

Here are some tips on how to succeed in a second interview. If you can prepare properly and keep the following points in mind, you’ll nail the interview for sure.

Keep up your energy

Make a conscious effort to keep spirits high. Interviews can be long and tiring so if you’re feeling tired or fed up of answering questions, keep it to yourself! Smile and be enthusiastic throughout the whole process even if you’re asked the same questions.

Know your resume by heart

Make sure you know the dates and the other information perfectly. They’ll ask you specific questions about your experience and qualifications, don’t make silly mistakes!

Don’t let your guard down

Don’t forget you’re always being evaluated even when you’re not being asked questions. You’re always being assessed, every time you’re introduced to someone, when you’re being shown around, and even when you speak to the receptionist on arrival. Make a positive impression on everyone!

Ask questions to each person you meet

Ask questions to each person you meet. Find out what they like about working there, how they’ve progressed, and the challenges they’ve faced. Also, make it clear to each person why you’re the best fit for the position.

Follow-up communication

Send follow-up communication after your interview. Thank them for their time and the opportunity. To make an even better impression, try to personalize the message rather than just sending a generic one. Mention something that relates to the conversation you had with them.

Examples of Questions to Ask in a Second Interview

At some stage in the second interview, they’ll ask you if you have any questions. Prepare specific questions when researching the company and make sure you ask a lot. Here are some generic questions you can ask in the second interview.

What are the company’s goals over the next few years?

What is the most challenging part of this job?

How would you describe the company culture here?

What’s the organizational structure of the department?

What sort of management style would you say you have?

What is the next step in the hiring process?

If I get the job, when would you like me to start?

Can I give you additional references?

What do you like most about working for the company?