If you have made it to Round 2 of your job interview, rejoice! The company is interested in you and doesn’t think you are weird or unqualified or both.

If you have been sweating this interview process out, you might be wondering what it actually means to be in this round, and like Rocky Balboa, how should you train to bring home the title.

The good news is you don’t have to punch frozen cows or run laps around Philly, you just have to do your research on the company, be intelligent in your interview and hope the company recognizes your merits to call you back for a final round.

How Should You Prep For Your Round 2 Interview?

Before The Interview:

  • Prep as much as you can. Go to the company website, learn about their leadership, work culture, and the position you are interviewing for.
  • Search YouTube for pertinent videos or partner interviews and look at insider reviews on sites like Glassdoor.com ·
  • You should have done a lot of prelim research before your first round but this round of research should solidify why you want to work for this firm.        

During the Interview:

  • This round is basically a show and tell process and you have to be able to give concrete examples of what you have accomplished
  • Use real numbers to demonstrate improvements, growth, process efficiencies and the like. For example: Instead of saying, “I was really efficient at my old job,” say something like “I helped improve process downtime by 15%” or “I increased sales by 25%.”
  • You should be able to provide qualitative examples of how you have accomplished results throughout your career.
  • Don’t be one-dimensional during your interview – show a little personality (key word: LITTLE). Show passion for what you do both at work and outside and give examples of both. However, this does not mean busting out your new tap routine or one-man puppet show.
  • Keep the talking to required lengths and ask the interviewer what their goals and expectations are of the new employee.
  • Ask interviewers open-ended questions that will get them to open up and will show them you are truly interested in the company and the position.

Finally, as you sweat through this round, just remember to be yourself.

In my next post, I’ll talk more about the sort of questions interviewers LOVE to hear and what you can do to make yourself irresistible to hiring managers.