Made the first job interview cut? Congratulations! However, it’s not time to celebrate just yet. Remember that you’re still competing with other applicants that are just as qualified.
Recruiters often evaluate your personal style, how suitable you’ll be for the position, and how you would fit in with other colleagues during the second job interview. (This includes your commitment to the company’s philosophy.)
How well can you contribute to the organization? Questions in your second interview will mostly be focused on what you can do for them rather than what you’ve achieved in the past.
What will you do once you’re called in for a second round? This is the time to think about how much you really want the job, whether you will enjoy working with your colleagues, and whether the company’s structure will help advance your career.
Get a Feel for What It’s Like to Work There
Recruiters will evaluate how you meet their needs in the second interview. Make sure that you ask questions. You’ll need to cover all the bases and use the opportunity to get a feel for the company or the position. Do you really picture yourself working there? How do you like the working environment? Ask any questions you have in mind, and be honest when answering their questions.
Here are some questions that will help you get the most information:
- What are the strengths and weak points of the company?
- How do you define the company’s current management style?
- Is the chain of command formal or informal?
- Does the company encourage employees to attend conventions and seminars to help them improve their skill sets?
These questions will help you look knowledgeable and aware of the current situation and the general attitude of the company. Make sure you listen carefully to the answers you receive.
What to Expect
Hiring managers will often try to challenge you in the second interview. Give strong reasons why you’d make a good hire. Never let your guard down. Be sure to anticipate these questions:
- What makes you interested in this job?
- What would you do in the first year to establish yourself if you do get the job?
- Describe your work style.
- What do you want from your career?
- How do you deal with difficulties?
Make sure to find out what happens next as the interview comes to an end. You can politely ask for a timeline and thank your interviewers. You can follow up if you don’t hear from them within a few weeks.
Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.