You’ve got an Interview – Now Focus on How to Get a Second One
Congratulations! Although you haven’t got the job yet, you still managed to get a second interview, here is what it means.
What is a second interview for?
By no means getting a second interview means a guaranteed employment, you have to remember that as we proceed.
The first interview is used only to weed out the least suitable candidates. Those people that have no use in being at the company. The second one means you have something they like, something that’s suitable for this position. You want to build on that.
An HR manager most probably looked at your resume and conducted the first interview. You passed the most basic of requirements, so this time there will probably be someone higher up in the food chain present. Probably even the person you will be working for. Which means you have to dress to impress!
Please keep in mind that if the first interview was done over the phone or the internet (Not in person) that think of your second interview as your first one as well.
How to prepare for a job interview?
If you already don’t know what to wear to a job interview and yet you still somehow managed to land a second interview, well kudos to you mate! But this time how about we take the thing seriously?
First of all, you have to find out what type of an organization are you applying at. What do they do, what is their motive, mission statement of the company. This will help you get a much clearer picture of the organization. Always do your homework before going to an interview.
Try to call back the person who told you about the second interview and ask about the dress code. Then dress according to that. You don’t want to be either overdressed or under. Must find a good middle ground.
The most suitable attire would be a suit, something dull in color. Dark gray, black, dark blue, you get the idea. You don’t want to wear any bright colours; you’re not a flamingo.
After you have done your research, it is best if you also prepare a few questions beforehand.
Try to find out what type of interview will your second one be, one on one, group or panel, and depending on that you will have to practice everything beforehand.
The worst thing you can do is be caught off-guard. Ask some questions about the company, their future endeavors, your position in the company and how you will be able to affect the business as a whole. If possible try to give some tips, but this is not necessary. You don’t want to make the people that have been working there for years look bad and lazy, especially if many of them are conducting your interview.
Second interview questions could be like this:
• Why do you want this job?
• What experience do you have that you think would be useful for this position?
• Why should we hire you?
Things like that. You will have to tailor make your answers for every job interview and organization. Hopefully, these job interview tips and second interview tips will help you land your dream job.