You Got a Second Interview, Now What?

Depending on the size of the organization, and the type of position you are applying for, you may have an opportunity for a second interview.

You’ve been invited in for a second interview, congratulations!  Go you! This means that you were chosen for the next stage of the hiring process. Many employers use the first interview as a screening process, so you’ve made a great first impression and wow’d them with your skills and abilities. 

In a second interview, you will have more in-depth discussions about how your skills and experience create the best fit for this position. The second interview allows you to set your standing as the strongest candidate by focusing on your experience, skills and knowledge about the business and the problems they’re facing.  This is your opportunity to show how your specific skills can increase effectiveness or output and to show them how you will bring value to their organization.

To prepare for your second interview, try to imagine yourself in the position and what you will be bringing to the company through your particular skills. Do more research about the company and the job to deepen your understating of the employer and any problems they’re trying to solve through your position. 

Review notes from your previous interviews. Before your second interview, take time to carefully read through your notes from any previous conversation or your first interview, so you can feel prepared to have more in-depth discussion.  If there’s anything you’d like to add from your previous discussions, be prepared to do so in your second interview.   

Learn about your interviewers. Find out who you will be meeting with in your second interview and do a little homework to find out more about them.  Visit the company’s about us page on their website, Facebook, or LinkedIn pages and any other social media accounts.  Get to know more about the company’s culture and other employees as well. 

Prepare questions for your interviewers. At some point, your interviewers will likely ask if you have any questions for them.  This can trip up even the most seasoned professional.  The majority of the time, you’ve been on your toes, responding to questions that are all about you.  Now, the tables are turned and inevitably, your mind goes blank.  Take time before your interview to think of questions that show you have taken time to think about the position, the company and how you might fit into the role. You might imagine you were starting the job tomorrow.  What would your first questions be?  Write these questions somewhere you’ll easily be able to find them.  And, if you’ve covered all your questions in the conversation already, let the employer know by saying, “I had these questions…but I think we’ve covered them in our time together today.  Is there anything more you’d like to add?”

 Remember-

  • Be confident. 
  • Smile
  • Be genuinely curious and ask questions.  This shows you’re interested. 
  • Strengthen your answers with on-the-job examples. 
  • Send thank-you notes to your interviewers. 

Preparing for your second interview can seem intimidating. When you take your time to learn more about the company, prepare, and imagine yourself in the job, you’ll feel confident and calm. Lastly, remember, out of many possible candidates, they chose you.  Feel proud and excited about the opportunity to move forward in the hiring process.