Want to Excel In Your Second Interview? Here are Three Top Tips

Want to Excel In Your Second Interview? Here are Three Top Tips

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Congratulations on getting through the first stage job interview and you have received an invitation for the second one. You are a good fit for the position – and the time for confidence has come. However, it is certainly not a time for complacency or pride.

The citizenrecruitment.com director, Tom Brunt offers some good advice. Firstly, you should assume that all the remaining candidates will meet all the requirements and that things are quite close.  The second interview will differ from the initial one. Here, the focus of your interviewer(s) will be on addressing any doubts that arose because of your first interview. This is because you would probably have already landed the job – as Tom points out.

He says that is why you should be honest with yourself in regards to those areas you actually struggled in during your first interview. Since your interviewers will be targeting your weakest areas to determine whether or not they might decrease your capacity to do a good job, you need to prepare yourself thoroughly, expecting possible probing.

Tom Continues to say that you need to bear in mind that the second interview is an indication that the hiring managers actually liked you enough to give you a chance of getting the job and that is why they decided to offer you a second stage interview. However, you must prepare yourself even much more than you did for the first round.

He further explains: “This time, it is more likely to be competency-based questions that will be asked of you. I also often encounter various short tests the second round but you will be told in advance if you are having one.”

You may wonder what precisely the interviewers will finally be in search of in the next interview. Well, they simply want you to provide a solution to their staffing problem. But the best part is that if you sailed through to the second round, it means that the hiring manager has been impressed by what they have observed so far. Tom says: “They’ll be looking for you to confirm their judgment and show them how you’re most definitely the one they want.”

The interviewer will be hopeful that you can demonstrate total commitment to landing the job, genuine perception of the challenges, as well as real interest to tackle the role – in case you land it.

The following are three important tips for acing in a second interview:


Make use of your first interview feedback and information gathered

Consider carefully the things that you learned about the company plus the staff from your first interview.  Do some more research, depending on the intelligence you gathered in the first interview. And also refresh your memory from research you have done already. Tom says: “The interviewer will feel comforted if they see you’ve learned from your previous meeting and have already stepped up your game. Use information you have from the 1st stage to help show the interviewer that you take on board information”

It is important to try to find out the identities of the people that will be interviewing you during the second round. You need to get as much information as possible about them, Tom adds. You can do this by following them on Twitter, studying their LinkedIn profiles, as well as reading their blogs and articles – that is, if they do publish. He explains further: “In other words, make sure you understand their career history and their viewpoints.”


Highlight the positives

Tom says that you should outline the challenges that the winning candidate will encounter and a plan to demonstrate how you can take the steering wheel and make genuine progress. You need to build on the earlier illustrations of what actually makes you the ideal candidate, all the while trying to drive home the positives.

The fact that you have made it to this point means it is possible that you succeeded in linking with the interview panel on a human level. As such, this presents the perfect opportunity for you to develop a bond as you leave because this will make them actually feel that you could really be part of the team. “Be enthusiastic, likeable and smile,” Tom advises. “Nothing can impress more than a nice smile and a positive attitude”, he adds.


Articulate your advantage and ensure you have prepared questions

Find out what benefit you could bring, particularly when compared to your competitors’ likely profile. “This is hard,” concedes Tom, “but dig deep as it can be a real deal-swinger for you if things are close.”

However, you should take care not to allow this to stray into a negative territory. Bear in mind that each candidate has different strengths and weaknesses. That is why you should not be obsessed or too worried about making comparison between yourself and others. “Instead, concentrate on showing the best of yourself and how you’re the very best choice,” Tom advises.

Lastly, do not ignore to prepare questions to ask at the close of the interview. The questions should be both thoughtful and original, Tom points out. She explains that important events within the company would need a question on your behalf as it will really show that you are already imagining yourself working at that company.


If you have any question about the above or need any information for your 2nd stage interview give Tom Brunt a call on 07789910996 or email tbrunt@citizenrecruitment.com


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