How to Handle Second Interviews
By Michael Fox, NRWA, CPRW, MBA
Today, employers may conduct numerous interviews to collect information about job applicants versus doing only one interview. Performing many interviews has its advantages to employers, but can be tense to the job seeker. Employers may call you back for a second interview to clarify questions they may have and to see if you were as impressive as when they first met you. They may also want you to meet with their colleagues, peers, and supervisors to get a better assessment of you. Finally, they might be looking at a small list of candidates that they are trying to narrow down. Whatever the reason, there are several tips you can follow to ensure your second interview is a success.
First, you need to determine if you will be interviewed by the same person or a new person. In most cases, companies will inform you when a second interview will be set up, but you should ask if they don't. This portrays you has being prepared, an excellent quality for a candidate to have. If your second interview is with the same person, you don't want to repeat what you said in previous interview(s). Also, you should not have to be as aggressive either given that the employer at this point is trying to get to know you. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions regarding company's direction and its history. Employers will definitely appreciate this. Also, this gives you a chance to align your background and skills with the culture and goals of the organization.
If you are meeting with a new person, then be aware that they may already know some of your qualifications. Here, you should think and present alternate examples of your skills and what you delivered to previous employers.
It is also important to know that during the second interview you may be required to discuss compensation, so be ready to speak about your requirements. In summary, if you follow these easy steps, you should go into the second interview in a position of strength and confidence.
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