How to Rock the Second Interview

August 22, 2013

Career Advice

How to Rock the Second InterviewYou did it! You made it through round one and you’re well on your way to that elusive job offer. The good news is that not just anyone gets asked to a second interview — the bad news is that the pressure is on! You’ve made it this far, and now you need to continue to rise to the top. Here are a few things you can expect and a few secrets that will help you succeed during round two.

1. Get ready for a group interview.
During a second round interview, it’s likely that you’re meeting with your potential managers or supervisors as well as some potential coworkers. While they might ask you some of the same basic interview questions from the first go around, they’ll be feeling out your personality as well. So stay engaged and excited during this process.

2. Practice talking about yourself.
If you’re meeting with multiple people during multiple rounds of interviews, you’ll likely have to give your elevator pitch again and again. Really focus on perfecting an “about me” spiel that’s relevant to the company and the position. Now’s the time to brag about your best experiences.

3. Ask for everyone’s name and contact information.
Sending thank you letters just got a lot harder! Anyone who interviews you should be asked for a business card. If they don’t have one, don’t be afraid to jot down their name and email address. Send those follow-up thank you emails or cards immediately after the interview.

4. Don’t forget basic interview etiquette.
You’ve already made a great first impression to some, but don’t let the momentum waver during a multi-interview process. Read up on our ultimate interview recap and follow through each step of the way from a strong handshake and a smile to eye contact to closing the deal.

Image via Daniel Ted Feliciano/flickr. 

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