The second interview is usually the way forward for a high probability of getting hired. Initial interviews are basically some form of test-based assessment and after evaluating a number of candidates, employers filter the list of who to meet in person.
Second interviews can also be final interviews wherein the employer makes you the offer. Once you get a call for the second interview, make sure to be at your absolute best, because then it’s going to be a decider in whether you work for a particular employer or not.
We have prepared a list of tips for acing that second interview.
The generic questions were part of the preliminary assessment. In the second interview, questions get real. Technical positions are the toughest to score during second interviews. So be prepared to be bold enough and sell yourself. In other words, market yourself that you’re the ‘right fit’ for them.
Because if you can’t sell yourself, how will you sell or contribute to the service/product they are selling? Keep in your arsenal some dragon slaying stories, meaning your accomplishments in previous roles. Do not shy away from elaborating on those projects.
Communicate your success stories in an articulate manner. It means that how you utilized your skills in achieving goals both professionally and for your company in the past. Articulating your answers accordingly will help you sail the sea of the second interview seamlessly.
You will come across all forms of interviewers. Some HR generalists are more proficient in the art of interviewing than others, mainly during preliminary assessments, but they can really bring out intensive questions to understand whether you are the candidate they are looking for or not in your second interview.
Often times HR managers or department heads that you will possibly be working for in the future will be interviewing you. Come prepared for all kinds of mix-in interviewers and tailor your responses accordingly. You don’t have to be very detailed or expressive in front of generalists. Save it for more seasoned interviewers.
This instills the most fear in candidates because a trick question can catch you off guard and your preparation might just go down the flush. The questions that an interviewer may ask could be an open-ended one, which will make you use your mental faculties to answer instead of patented questions.
With a simple “where do you see yourself in five years” interviewer is assessing whether you are applying for the right job that interests you and you will be staying with for the longer term. If your answer is to earn money then it gives the impression that you are in this only for money and not commitment.
The idea of an interview is a two-way communication. An interviewer may be asking you a simple question or a more complex question to understand how you would engage a specific situation in that question, to understand how you would react and handle it. Your job responsibilities may include other tasks as well that were not explicitly stated beforehand. So it’s better to ask the interviewer what the job is all about.
Ask him to break it down on how a routine day goes by in this role. When you ask him this, the interviewer will be compelled to give away some points that you can latch on and decide for yourself if this role is the ‘right fit’ for you and this aspect is very important for both the employees and employers.
You can also ask any number of other questions because you should feel confident in joining your new employer. Plus employers appreciate when candidates engage in conversation instead of those who sit there to just listen and answer what is asked of them.
When everything is all said and done, say a polite “Thank you”. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they have made you a job offer yet. It is just courtesy implying that you feel honored that the employer could make time to meet you and shortlisted you out of a long list of prospect candidates.
Therefore above points will ensure that you score in your second interview and land your dream job.