Congratulations! You’ve made it through the first interview round and now you’re moving forward to a second interview. If you’ve reached this stage in the recruitment process, your chances are definitely looking good for receiving that all-important job offer.
But what should you expect from your second interview? Will the second interview questions be the same as the first? Will they be harder? It’s difficult to know what to expect.
Luckily, we’re here to shed some light on what your second, and hopefully final, interview might look like.
Having had your first interview and an opportunity to find out a lot more about the role and the company you should now be in a much better position to answer this question. Be specific and enthusiastic and be sure to really show the interviewer that you know what you’re talking about.
If this question didn’t crop up in your first interview, then it certainly will in your second. If the employer is thinking about offering you a role, they’ll want to know what salary you are looking for. Ensure that you’re aware of the salary range that was advertised for the role. Saying a figure way above this could cost you a job offer!
Employers want to know that you are passionate about your career and that your future goals are in-line with what they can offer you. No employer wants to hire someone who sees them as a stepping stone where they will move on in a year’s time. They want dedicated employees who will be in it for the long haul! Keep this in mind when you’re talking about your ultimate career goal.
You will be questioned further on the specific skills and qualities that you can bring to the job role. Your interviewer will want to hear detailed responses. For example, if you are interviewing for a sales role, they will want to hear more about your track-record and sales figures. They want to know exactly how you will help to grow their sales and success and they want to be confident that you will do a fantastic job for them.
Before your second interview, have a think about some key examples of your achievements and precise figures or results you can talk about. Also, ensure that you know as much as possible about the company, their products/services and their values. If you can relate your skills to what you know the company needs, you’ll be onto a winner!
Depending on the type of role you are interviewing for, you may be asked to prepare a short presentation for your second interview. This is often the case with sales and marketing roles in particular.
If you are asked to deliver a presentation, ensure that you carefully read/listen to the instructions, conduct thorough research and practice, practice, practice!
Take a look at our interview presentation tips to ensure that you impress!
Finally, while preparing your answers to second interview questions, consider the possibility that you may be meeting new people during this interview. You may have to impress and higher-level manager who has the final say on whether you’re hired. You may have the opportunity to meet some of your potential future team members.
With this in mind, you may have to pitch your skills, qualities and build a rapport in quite a small amount of time. Be ready to impress whoever you meet!
If you have a second interview, then you almost certainly impressed during your first interview. Now you have a fantastic opportunity to do the same again. Be confident but bear in mind that you don’t have a job offer in the bag just yet. Take the interview seriously and give it your all and you will get the outcome you desire.