How to do well in your second interview

Good news – you’ve got a second interview. Bad news – you’ve got to do another interview!

But it’s not really bad news, the second interview should be a chance to even further display your attributes, and to find out more about the job and company culture.

And you have reason to be confident, you’ve beaten a lot of other candidates to get to this stage, and the fact they want to see you again means you performed well in your last interview.

Be prepared for a longer interview

It is likely that the second interview will be longer than the first. You’ll probably either have to meet different members of the business in separate interviews or give a presentation/perform a task. It’s best to allow more than one hour for the second interview, some can last a few hours or even a full day!

Switch up your style!

Make sure you adapt your style to who you’re meeting. If you’re meeting a Director/High-level, they will want to see you’re competent, but more importantly you’re professional, understand the business and its goals.

If you’re meeting potential team members, they will be more au-fait with what you do, so here is a chance to ‘show off’ your skill-set and find out about theirs – ask lots of questions! Remember, you’ll be working alongside these people so make sure to show your personality and build rapport.

Learn from the first

Analyse which questions went well, and which didn’t. Practise questions/areas that didn’t go so well, and be prepared to address these again.

Think of more examples of what you’ve done well or interesting projects you’ve worked on. Examples work well in interviews, as you’re giving the interviewer unique content they won’t have heard before!

Research again!

You already researched the company and the industry for the first interview, however, you have a chance to research and impress even more!

Use information from your first interview – if they mentioned certain products/projects within the business, look these up, and likewise for competitors too. The more research you do, the more in-depth and intelligent conversation you can have in this second interview.

What to wear

You obviously made a good impression on your first interview. If this interview was face to face or via skype, then stick to a similar outfit to your first interview, but not exactly the same. If you went extremely smart to the first interview, but the interviewers were casual, drop to smart-casual to mirror their working environment, while remaining professional.

If your first interview was a phone interview, stick to the general rules, dress smartly unless otherwise instructed.

Refer to the last interview

During the interview, make note to reference your last interview with the employer. Whether it’s a piece of company information that was given to you, or mention of an area of the business that’s growing, be sure to bring it up. It’ll show you’re engaged with the company, retain information and encourage further dialogue.

Have you been asked to do a presentation?

This is also a good sign, it shows they are serious about you as a potential candidate and want to find out more about how you tackle a task and your thought process. Be sure to leave yourself time to practice delivery of the presentation. 

Ask GOOD questions

By this stage, you should have a good idea of what the company do, their place within the market and what your job role would entail, so this is a time to demonstrate all you’ve learnt by asking relevant and interesting questions. Avoid anything too generic such as ‘who are your main competitors’, and ask insightful questions ‘In the last interview, you mentioned XX are competitors, what do you think of their latest TV ad/product launch?’. Once your interviewer has answered your questions, you can add to it further by showcasing your experience or giving your opinion.

Prepare for the panel

If you’re meeting a variety of interviewers in a panel situation – remember to address everyone in the room/on the panel and make/maintain eye contact with each person.

What’s next?

If it’s not mentioned, at the end of the interview, ask what the next steps are and time-frame. It is generally advised to avoid salary discussions during interviews unless the interviewer brings it up.

Remember the second interview is also there to secure in your mind that you want the job – prepare a lot of questions that will be genuinely useful for you.