Much applies again with your 2nd interview to your 1st interview, so refer to the 1st Interview Page to refresh.
However, for your second interview you have to be more prepared, you will probably be meeting additional people within the company, asked more questions and be under more pressure to perform. Your second interview does provide you with the opportunity to expand on your responses from your first interview, giving you the opportunity to delve deeper in to your skills and experience. Something Gotcha always likes to highlight to candidates going for a second interview is to be as enthusiastic and energetic as your first interview, that is why you have been selected for a second – there is no room for complacency.
With your second interview the same rule applies as your first – be prepared
- The key is to research, research, and research.
- Find out who you will be meeting with, maybe look up their background on LinkedIn.
- Learn everything you can about the company, research the latest news and information to show you are up-to-date with the company news and industry sector.
- Re-familiarise yourself with the Job Description so you re-fresh yourself with what the employer is expecting of the potential employee.
The employer can use the second interview to further establish how you fit with the role and the company culture – you need to shine and stand above the competition.
- You need to prove your suitability and ability for the specific needs of the job, i.e. your work experience, skills, aspirations, and personal background.
- Bring new information to the second interview, new examples, new accomplishments – you need to impress.
- Being a second interview does not mean a more casual interview attire is acceptable unless stipulated by the employer, your best interview attire is important to give the right impression.
You may be asked the same interview questions so brush up again on your answers. It is always a good idea to review your first interview and think back about anything that caused you difficulty. You can then plan how to handle this more effectively in your second interview, again be prepared.
Refer to the Possible Interview Questions page to practice interview questions again. The more practice you do, the more comfortable and confident you will be with answering interview questions. Again, as with your first interview you should have some questions to ask yourself. You have the opportunity to make more in depth enquiries with your questions.
You may be asked prior to the interview to give a short presentation, specifically if this will be an element of the role. Spend time on this, you want to impress and show that you have put the work in. You may also be asked to undertake some tests, e.g. psychometric testing or a numeracy test. Stay calm, take your time and be sure to read everything properly, nerves can get the better of us all and it’s important not let this hamper your chances. Take a deep breath, concentrate and do your best!
We hope our second interview guidelines assist you being offered the job, good luck from Gotcha!