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How to ACE the Second Job Interview

How to ACE the Second Job Interview

Job interview should be approached as a combination of art and science!

Congratulations! If you made it through your first job interview and got called for a second job interview you should be feeling pretty good. This means you’re high on the list of candidates to fill the position you’re targeting. The hiring manager is interested in you and wants to spend a little more time with you before offering you the job. What can you expect from this next go-round? How can you prepare so the session will be successful for both you and the interviewer?

Ask for an agenda from the person who set up the job interview.

This will help you anticipate questions and plan your answers. Second interviews often involve people from various departments of the organization so you’ll get a chance to meet and speak with people you’ll be interacting with if you land the job. It also shows that you like to plan your meetings in advance, a positive for you.

Learn even more information about the company before you go for the second job interview.

Check the web site, company blog, message boards, etc., whatever venue will lead you to information about management, staff, promotions, company contracts, and so on. Then you’ll be able to speak with knowledge and confidence during the second job interview. By calling you for the second interview, the recruiter has indicated their seriousness about you. It is therefore important that you do your homework about the company thoroughly and show them that you too are keen and serious about the job opportunity. And in any case the prospective boss would like to understand how you plan for your meetings and this would be a god enough indication.

Review the questions and answers from your first job interview.

It will be worth your while to give yourself another practice round with a friend or relative. This will help you relax, take your time, and focus on the essentials before you walk into the interview room. This will also give you an opportunity to improve upon your answers in the second job interview should they be repeated. It is also important from the point of consistency – it would be embarrassing if you give completely different answers to the same questions during your second job interview! It is therefore also important that you are truthful in all your communication as you;ll then not to really remember what you said.

Freshen and update your responses.

If, after the first interview, you realized you left something out or since that time you thought of something else you’d like to say, here’s your opportunity. Reread your notes from the first interview, checking for anything you’d like to add or clarify.

Follow up with a ‘thank you.’

As you did the first time, send a thank you note or email to each person you met with and restate your interest in the company and in the position you’re aiming for. It is both a good etiquette and also acts as a reminder about you to the person you met.

As the saying goes; “the harder you work, the luckier you get!”

job interview Written By Jimmy Sweeney – President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new Job Interview “Secret”. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.”

Visit our friends at Job Interview “Secret” and discover Jimmy Sweeney’s breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair… DURING your next job interview.

Your turn now to tell us how you approach your second ob interview. Specifically:

  1. What preparations do you make before going for your second job interview with the prospective employer.
  2. Do you think you need to be better prepared during the second job interview than the first one?
  3. What advice would you like to share with others on preparation for the second job interview?
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