A second interview means you impressed a prospective employer with your personality, intelligence and thoughtfulness. That also indicates you still have some work to do before the job is officially yours. Land the job of your dreams by succeeding in one more step along the interview process.
Even More Preparation
If you think you prepared for the initial interview, you need to do more to impress people during the second interview. Research the company in the context of its standing within the industry. What kinds of customers does the business have? Has the company made any news headlines aside from its press releases? Review trade publications to determine the pulse of the industry.
One way to learn more about a company is to develop relationships with people who work there. That means head to LinkedIn and seek out employees who could have some extra information. Make sure these people are not the ones who will be interviewing you in the coming days. Network your way to more information. Now that you have a second interview, devote as much time as possible to securing this position.
Get ready for some different formats for the second interview. Instead of one to three people asking you questions, you may have a group interview with other candidates. You might also have a lunch interview with high-level executives and a tour of the office, where you meet potential co-workers, colleagues and department heads. Your second interview may last all day.
Know the particulars of your position and pose relevant questions to the people you meet. This way, you can hone in on the fact that your skills, qualifications, experiences and background mesh with the job. Show specifics as to how you fit with this new job. Everything on the second interview is designed to determine how you fit into the employer's big picture.
During the second round, interviewers might ask you several situational questions as a way to gauge your personality. For example, "How do you describe your leadership qualities?" Another question is "How would you handle conflict among employees?" Prepare to answer honestly and be ready to impress every person you meet.
Know Everyone's Name
Every person you meet has a name. Learn and remember those names so you can send thank-you notes later. One way to remember people's names is to repeat the names a few times in the conversation. Get business cards and contact information to serve as retrieval cues for conversations you had with these people. As you write a follow-up letter, bring up talking points from the second interview to give your note substance.
Once you get a second interview, you should be fully focused on securing the position. With the job just one step away from being all yours, make sure to give it your all.
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