Did you land a second interview call back? Congratulations! However, just because you wowed the hiring manager initially, don’t assume that you’ll automatically ace all your second interview questions. For the best chance at landing the job, take a look at the following tips on how to prepare for a second interview.
Ramp Up Your Research
The second interview often delves deeper into job duties, department operations, and company goals. While you may be able to get through a first round interview with rough knowledge of these subjects, you’ll need to really deliver during a second interview. You probably won’t be expected to know information that isn’t public knowledge, but you should have a firm grasp of the content on a company’s website, recent releases, news coverage and social media posts. If you have a contact who works at the company, pick that person’s brain to find out even more about the company culture and business goals.
Fill in Gaps
If you’re being called back, you probably gave some excellent answers to the questions in your first interview. Still, consider whether you failed to properly address a certain weakness or whether you missed the chance to highlight an important accomplishment or skill. Your second interview gives you a golden opportunity to make any points you wished you had touched on the first time around.
Review Old Questions
Going to a second interview doesn’t always mean that you’ll encounter a fresh batch of questions from the person you spoke with before. Some second interviews simply involve speaking with a different executive – or several of them. If this is the case, you’ll often have to answer some of the same questions you encountered the first time. Refine and practice your responses to those first questions, so you can do an even better job at showing the next round of decision makers that you’re a great fit for the position.
What strategies do you use to prepare for a second interview? Share your second interview tips in the comments below.