Prepare for the Second Interview!
If you are preparing for a second interview, congratulations! You are now much closer to a new job. First, you have to close the deal and sell yourself to the second interview team. This is the point when a lot of people choke. To avoid the second interview freeze, I always suggest a good dose of preparation.
Ask questions about the job:
One of the most difficult parts of a second interview is coming up with a new set of questions. The first interview can use up most of your questions. Before the second interview, dig a little deeper and research the people, business partners, and successes/failures of the company. You may also want to reach out to employees and ask about the job. In the second interview, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. Be ready to decide if this job is right for you by the time the second interview is over.
Focus on culture:
In a second interview, people are usually trying to make sure you are a good fit for the corporate culture. They want to be sure that your play nice with others. They want to know that you will fit in with the team. Be ready to talk about your best & worst experiences with co-workers at each job.
Sell your experience – Don’t get lazy:
If you are asked to a second interview, you have not gotten the job yet. You still have to sell the interviewers. Stay sharp & look for chances to establish yourself as the best person for the job.
End with an action plan:
If a job requires a second interview, it will also take a number of individuals to finalize the decision. That can lead to a number of meetings and several weeks of waiting for an answer. Rather than guessing and let the silence drive you nuts, end with an action plan. Simply ask the interviewers about their process. For instance: Could you describe the next step?
Be ready to sell yourself and your chances of acing the second interview are very high. Ask specific job related questions, focus on culture, sell your experience, and end with an action plan. With luck, you’ll end the interview with a great shot at a wonderful job.