Congratulations you made it through the first round of interviews and now you have been invited back to the second round.
You spent all of that time preparing for the first interview but what are you to expect in the second one. We have listed some tips to help you and prepare you for what to expect.
Many companies interview candidates for employment twice, or even more often. When companies have a multiple interview process, the first round of interviews is screening interviews that are used to determine which applicants have the basic qualifications required for the job.
The candidates who pass the screening interview are selected for a second round interview. Second round interviews typically involve more detailed interview questions about the applicant, their qualifications, and their ability to perform for the company. Second round interviews may include interviewing with multiple interviewers including management, staff, executives, and other company employees.
Second Round Interview Tips
Prepare to meet new people
The time of a second round interview can vary sometimes it can be a couple of hours but some do last a whole day. You may meet with management, staff members, executives, and other company employees. Ask the person who scheduled the interview for an itinerary, so, you know upfront what to expect. Also try and find out who else you will be meeting with and do your research on them. Whatever the circumstances, you should treat the second interview as another opportunity to demonstrate why you are the best person for the job.
Prepare for in-depth questions
This is essentially the last stop before being offered the job, so don’t expect an easy ride. New people may be on the interview panel and they will want to see how you respond to pressure. Keep your answers clear, concise and relevant.
You may be asked the same questions you were asked during the first interview. So, review the questions you will be asked and brush up your responses.
Research the company
A good way of showing you’re keen and up to date is to discuss the news the company releases via their social media channels. Check their website, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds to get in the loop.
Also research the position itself, including reporting relationships, external relationships and the future direction of the department you will be working in.
Have a list of questions ready
It’s likely you’ll have more opportunity during the second interview to ask questions. For example, you could ask about the team, company strategy and the expectations around your role. Before you leave, ask about when decisions will be made and how they will let you know. Asking questions will give you the chance to see if this is a company that you would like to work for. It will give you more of a feel about the work that you will be involved in.
Consider your salary expectations
It is always a good idea to have a salary expectation in mind. However, don’t raise it during the interview let the hiring manager bring it up. Research pay scales of similar roles and be confident and clear about your salary expectations, including base salary, super, and other perks, such as working remotely, flexible working hours and opportunities for professional development.
It is also a good idea to set a time frame of when your salary will be reviewed just so that both parties are clear on your expectations.
Have a plan
A great way to give yourself a competitive advantage and set yourself apart from the competition is to prepare a plan of your first 3 months in the job. Keep it simple and address how you will get up to speed quickly in areas where you might not have experience. This is an excellent way to show how motivated you are about the role and that you are already thinking ahead.
After the interview, always send an email to thank your interviewer/s for their time and for the opportunity. Keep the email short and professional.