How to Ace a Second Interview

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn how to master second interviews with this article. Find out what to expect in a second interview and learn more about the kinds of questions you should be asking during these interviews.

Take Time to Prepare

Congratulations! You made a great first impression and scored a second interview. But before you relax, spend some time getting ready for the second interview, which will make it far easier for you to succeed.

In the first interview, you intrigued your interviewers, so that they want to know more about you. The purpose of a second interview is for both you and the company to learn more about each other to ensure you make a good fit. They'll want to know a lot about you, but you should show a healthy curiosity about them too.

  • Identify your best attributes. Before the day of the interview, think of how you want to bring your strengths up during the meeting. Think of how to draw attention to all the ways you can benefit your potential employer. Pick out some work-related achievements to share that highlight your abilities, knowledge and skills.
  • Refine your questions. This is the time to learn about this company beyond what they share on their website. Ask about the specific job title, the scope of the duties, what specific skillset they're looking for. To help formulate some questions, think about what a typical day might look like, and any part of the day you're unsure of, ask about it.
  • Dress to impress. Just because they want to talk to you again doesn't make this job a sure thing. Even if the atmosphere in the office was casual or your job typically allows you to dress down, you'll always want to keep the interview process professional and show your best side.
  • Learn to speak up. The second interview introduces you to people that will be more closely involved in the job you're interviewing for, which may not have been the case with the first interview. These interviewers may not be used to conducting interviews, so be prepared to keep the conversation moving, and be sure to address and make eye contact with every one of your interviewers.
  • Fine tune your presentation. Though you may have gone over your experience and background in your first interview, you'll probably need to repeat some or all of it in the second. Get some additional tips on job interview types and common questions as well as how to prepare for your interview.

Don't Let Trick Questions Throw You

It's possible that you will face some trickier questions this time around. Some might be designed to check your responses to strange requests, while others might just be a product of an unpracticed interviewer. In either case, take a deep breath and focus on staying on topic. Don't lose sight of the fact that you're there to let them know you're the best candidate for the job.

Having the ability to successfully articulate your responses and think on your feet are great attributes that job interviewers will notice. Use the public speaking skills for interviews lessons to help you manage anxiety and communicate clearly and effectively with your interviewers.

Be Friendly and Focused

Try to remember the name of the individual who interviewed you before, as well as anyone else you spoke to. To help you remember, use their names when talking to them. Feel free to write names down, but you could also ask for business cards. Be professional yet personable with your new interviewers, too. You can try to adjust your attitude depending on who you're speaking with, but don't try to change yourself too much. If you get the job, they're going to see the real you sooner or later. It's better for everyone to determine if you're right for the job before you get hired.

Second interviews are also a great time to check if your potential employers have any doubts about you. It might seem nerve-wracking to ask if they're unsure about your fit for the job, but it's actually a great way for you to put any reservations they have to rest and to prove that you're the person they're looking for.

Finally, don't forget to be polite. Shake hands when you meet, make eye contact when you're speaking, and make sure you contact them afterwards to say thank you. Check out these lessons to get more information on post-interview processes and practices.

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