You’re in a prime position for getting the job, so now is the time for confidence, not arrogance or complacency.
The second interview won’t be the same as the first. Typically, the employer will want to address and question points that popped up from the first interview. They may target your weaker areas to see if you are really up for the role they are hiring for. Try to be honest with yourself – identify where you struggled in the interview and try to anticipate the questions they will follow up with.
Remind yourself that being invited back for a second interview means that they do really like you and want to give you a chance to get the job. However, this also means that you will need to prepare more than you did for the first interview to really blow them away. You may encounter a number of competency based questions if you didn’t have many in the first interview.
So what will the employer be looking for in the second interview? They will most likely want you to confirm their initial judgement of you. Sometimes they may invite another person to the interview to confirm what they think of you and analyse how you do.
Here are a few tips to ace the second interview:
Use your research from your first interview
Don’t instantly forget about the company’s background information as soon as you leave your first interview. Try to keep it fresh in your mind incase you get asked similar questions. Make sure you keep up to date with their messaging – if there’s a new blog on their site, don’t forget to mention it!
Reinforce the positives
Ensure you build on the previous examples of why you are the best candidate for the job. They just need reinforcing, and maybe repeating if another stakeholder from the company is now in the interview with you. Don’t forget that a positive attitude and a nice smile can go a long way.
Mention the value you will bring and prepare questions
Identify what added value you will bring to the company – think about any transferrable skills you may have gained through different jobs, hobbies etc.
Asking original and thoughtful questions at the end of the interview is also a must. You could ask about the way the company works, or if there was a recent restructure you could ask them about that.