Congratulations! You rocked the first interview and have been offered a second. But hang on a minute, why do you have to have TWO job interviews?
Second interviews are becoming increasingly popular as lots of good applicants apply for fewer jobs. This is your chance to really shine as you know they like you AND you clearly have all the right experience needed…
This is the most common request for second interviews: prepare a presentation. Now, unless you are in sales or you have an extrovert personality, presentations are enough to strike fear into the hearts of pretty-much anyone – especially when there’s a job at stake.
You will usually be given a topic in advance and you’ll need to prepare a professional presentation. Not sure how?
How to: job interview presentations
Tips for success
Whether you need to do another presentation or are facing a different type of interview then these tips will help you to make the right impression…
1. Be prepared!
This is a must for any part of the interview process, but is even more important in a second interview. Follow the same steps as in your first interview (see interview preparation) and go over our common interview questions again, refreshing your answers.
This time around, you’re more likely to be asked difficult interview questions so get ready!
2. Research the interviewers
You will now have a better idea of the company from your first interview and should have been told who your second interview is with. Now get ready to do some Googling! Have a look on Linked In and learn what you can about your interviewer – it will really help you to know what to expect.
3. Be consistent
They have invited you back – this means they must like you, so don’t go trying to be someone you’re not. You can afford to be friendlier and a bit less formal the second time around; after all, building a rapport with your interviewer is a great way of ensuring you’re remembered.
Remember, the interviewers already know that you are able to do the job. The second interview is all about ensuring you are the best choice and that you will work well with the team. Be professional, market yourself and answer questions fully while allowing your unique personality to shine through.