The Second Interview
Congratulations! You wowed your prospective employers on your first
interview and have been called back for an encore. So, how will the
second interview be different from the first?
This time around, expect to spend more time at the company, talk to
more people, individually and collectively, and have your skills and
personality scrutinized more closely.
The Employer's Point of View
From an employer's perspective, the second interview is a chance to
closely evaluate a candidate's abilities and interpersonal skills.
Your prospective employer wants to see that you can do the job and
work well with colleagues.
Be aware that many employers bring in several candidates on the same
day to streamline the second interview process. Your challenge is to
distinguish yourself from the other candidates.
To show you're a good fit with the company, focus on explaining how
your abilities and experiences would enable you to do the job. Be
specific. Offer concrete examples that highlight your competence and
Who You'll Meet
On your first interview, you probably met with one or two people.
This time, be prepared to meet several more over the course of the
day, including potential managers, coworkers and other staff
You may meet individually with several people, who will most likely
ask you similar questions. Keep your answers consistent but mix up
your delivery so that your answers don't sound stale or staged. If
possible, before the interview acquire a list of the people you'll
be meeting with and do a little research on each one. Then ask
questions that show your knowledge of each person.
If you meet with a panel or group, be sure to make eye contact with
both the individual asking the question and the group as a whole.
Steps for Follow Up
It's rare to receive an offer on the spot, but it does happen
occasionally. If the feedback is consistently positive over the
course of the day, you may get a job offer at the end of the
interview. If that happens, don't make a hasty decision. Ask for
time to think about it.
If you don't get an offer, be sure to immediately send a brief thank
you note to every person you spoke with. Some companies make hiring
decisions in a matter of days, but many can take weeks to make their
Be patient, be flexible and be ready for an offer or an invitation
for yet another interview.