So, your first interview went so well that they called you in again? Sweet! This is definitely a good sign. Throughout each step of the search process (application review, phone screening, initial interview) they have been narrowing down the job candidates, so it is safe to say that you are a serious contender for the position. By this point, they are probably confident in your experience and personality, and want to ask you a few more questions and/or have you meet a few more people you would be working with. Getting that phone call for a second interview can be extremely exciting and a little nerve racking. Don’t let it worry you too much, we are here to help! A few tips for you: 1) Don’t get too comfy - While the dress code for the actual business may be really causal, you want to continue to dress your best for the second interview. You may feel that you impressed them enough the first time and that you can take it down a notch, but keep in mind that this is still an interview and you want to do everything you can to stand out as a professional employee. 2) Come prepared - At this point, they’ve already seen your resume and should be familiar with your qualifications. But, you may be meeting someone new on your second go around, and you want to make sure you bring everything with you that you did in the first interview. This includes your resume, references, pen, paper, etc. It’s better to be too prepared than unprepared! 3) Practice makes perfect - Did your amazing answers to common job interview questions really blow them away the first time? That’s great, but don’t start slacking. Continue to practice these answers, as you may be asked them again. Or, you may be asked new questions that go a little more in depth about your knowledge of the business and the industry as a whole. 4) Come with questions - You always want to go into an interview with questions for them. Worried that you used up all your good questions in the first interview? If you’re interviewing with someone else, ask them similar questions about the position. You may learn something new! Trust me when I tell you that they want you to ask questions. So, make sure you use this to your advantage and prepare. 4) Set yourself apart - This is your chance to really show them that you are a better fit than your competition. Since the field has been narrowed down to a select few (who may be just as qualified as you), you need to take steps to show them that you are the one they need to hire. A great way to do this is with a thank you letter. It can be short; simply thank them for their time and that you hope to be working for them. This shows that you are taking your search very seriously and that you will take the job seriously as well. What are your worries about the second interview? Ask us below!
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Tips for your second interview
by: Kim Costa
About Kim Costa
Kim is a job-search coach for Snagajob! She's a Certified Professional Resume Writer and a Certified Employment Interview Professional. When she's not helping with job searches, she can be found hanging with her hubby, Matt, and puppy, Belle.