Well done, you have impressed your potential employer and have been invited to a second interview. Though don’t crack open the bubbly just yet, you have a lot more work to do.
You need to be as prepared as you were for the first interview; at this stage you will be asked more open-ended questions, maybe even challenged on your responses. This is to confirm that you know your stuff, and can handle pressure.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the day…
Revisit, expand and clarify
We all do it; we all walk out of interviews and moments later kick ourselves because we’ve forgotten to mention something, or didn’t express ourselves clearly. This is the opportunity to revisit and rectify that. Write down everything you wanted to convey in the first interview, but didn’t. This is your chance to expand and clarify anything you missed out.
The questions you will be asked in a second interview will be competency-based. They want to know specifics about what you have achieved, what challenges you have faced, and how you met those challenges. Look over all your preparation material from your first interview, including the job specification, and find examples which clearly answer these questions demonstrating your skills and outlining your development.
Check online and on their website to see if there have been any new developments within their company or sector. This will no doubt impress them and show that you are eager, enthusiastic and informed. This will also inspire conversation and add weight to additional questions you may have.
They may ask you some ‘out of the box’ questions such as:
“If you were a colour what colour would you be and why?” or…
“Give me ten uses for a matchstick?”
These questions are to determine your humour, your lateral thinking and how you deal with the unexpected. If confronted by a crazy question, don’t get overwhelmed. Relax, breathe, think about it, answer honestly and don’t be afraid to be quirky.
You may get a different person interviewing you this time round. Remember, if this is the case, they will have been briefed about your skills and will have read the notes from your last interview. Don’t repeat yourself, and be aware this person may have a different approach so be adaptable.
Again… ask questions
Ask new questions; you can even direct them towards the interviewer personally or be specific to the company rather than the role. Such as:
“What do you like about working for the company?”
“How has your company maintained its growth during the recession?”
Challenge them, make them think and maintain your position as a talented, remarkable and capable candidate.
Remember, the company know that you can do the job, at this point they want to ensure you will fit in well with the team. Be smart, be confident and be enthusiastic. You are already half way there; all you have to do is show your colours.