Ace the all-important second interview
That all-important second round has a different character altogether; here’s our fool proof guide for how to prepare for interview number two.
How a second interview differs from the first…
Depending on the organisation and the role you apply for a first interview may have been a box-ticking exercise. Now though is the time to really sell yourself.
1) Prepare your clothes
Just because you passed the first round shouldn’t make you complacent with what you wear. Keep smart and professional with an outfit that reflects the sector you’re applying for.
No doubt it’s going to be someone different interviewing you this time. From technical experts to your new line manager there’s a variety of people who might be there to question you. If you can, confirm who they’re going to be and research them via LinkedIn beforehand.
3) Review your last interview
Be honest – was there anything you could have done better in your last interview? Maybe you forgot to mention some of your crucial selling points or wish you’d given crisper answers to standard interview questions. Take some time to think back over what was said.
4) Plan your question
If there was anything that the interviewer discussed that passed you by or questions you forgot to ask – write them down. Remember them. Whatever method of recall you use be sure to give yourself the ability to ask them.
5) Is it the right role?
Remember, a second interview is the key opportunity for you to ask questions. As well as helping to demonstrate your enthusiasm it allows you to dig deeper into a business. Asking everything from why the vacancy has become available to the vision of the company is going to reveal whether or not the role is right for you.