You did it! You aced the first interview in the hiring process. Now that you know more about the company and what they do, it is time for round two. The first interview likely gave you a general introduction to the company and the role; it also served as a brief opportunity for the company to get to know you better.
The second job interview will likely take a deep dive into your previous work experience and allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and preparedness for the role. But don’t let going to a second round of interviews sound intimidating. Here are four helpful tips on how to ace your second interview with confidence.
1. Prepare Answers to Situational Questions
During the second round of interviews, you might encounter the age-old “what would you do” type of questions. These questions provide interviewers a chance to see how you react in certain scenarios. In order to have confidence in situational questions, you need to prepare. After all, a second job interview is only as intimidating as the questions being asked. Deftly answering situational questions will show interviewers that you are capable of succeeding in the role and is an excellent opportunity to highlight your strengths or skill sets.
2. Be Confident and Keep Your Responses Professional (and Honest)
Be confident, polite and friendly when answering questions or completing tasks in front of interviewers. Remember, the company wants you to succeed. If needed, ask clarifying questions. Honesty throughout the interview process is paramount – if you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s always better to admit that than make up an answer.
3. Ask Questions About the Company
Remember, the interview process is twofold: it allows the company to get to know you, and vice versa. During the second job interview, ask intentional questions that will help you determine if this position is a good fit. Questions such as “What are the company’s current goals?” and “How has the company evolved over time?” will give you a better understanding of what it might be like to work there.
*Also, don’t forget that answers from past interviews may lead to questions for this interview! Be sure to review your notes from the first interview and think of relevant questions.
4. Arrive Early
Arriving early to the second job interview shows that you are taking this opportunity seriously. Upon arrival, take a moment to collect yourself: inhale deeply and be reminded of all the preparation you’ve done to get to this moment. Arriving early holds true for virtual interviews as well. Doing so will allow enough time to ensure your technology is properly working.
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