Top Tips for the 2nd Stage Interview

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The second interview is another fantastic opportunity to showcase your set of skills. This interview is mainly used to confirm the initial assessment of the first meeting. Remember, the employer is genuinely interested in hiring you. So take a deep breath and get ready to embrace that second interview! Keep these top tips in mind.

In this present economic climate it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure that perfect job role the first time round. Skilled candidates are applying for fewer jobs, which mean higher competition levels. The second interview is a positive step forward, but requires preparation.

  1. 1.       Go in prepared

In one of our previous articles  ( emphasised the need to be prepared for your first interview. Now that you have been invited for a second interview this concept is more important than ever. Your preparation should elaborate on projects you have completed and particularly highlight your professional achievements and knowledge. If you have been asked to give a presentation make sure you have answered the question.

  1. 2.       Continue to sell yourself

The second interview is likely to be more intense than the first. It is common for more than one person to interview at this stage. It may be a hiring manager or senior member of staff so you will need to continue to sell yourself to the additional page and reaffirm to the original interviewer why they brought you back to the 2nd stage and ultimately why they should give you the job.

  1. 3.       Prepare to show off your attributes

This is your chance to show how successful you will be in the job and what specific attributes you will display. You’ll be likely asked how you have demonstrated these skills in the past. It is best to relate these skills and attributes to the job role as this will show commitment and value.

  1. 4.       Prepare for hard questions

We cannot give your range of set sample questions, because anything could be asked! No matter what position you’re in you should prepare for the ‘catch-you-off-guard’ questions which may be asked as a way of testing how well you can answer. Try to think less about providing logical reasoning but more of an innovative approach to show how creative you will be in the position. In any instance it is always best to prepare for the unexpected and revising any and all interview questions will put you in good stead.

From our experience companies want to hear how you would plan for your first 3-6 months if you were to get the job, so if you have not been asked to prepare a presentation then you should definitely spend time thinking this through as it could be a question you are asked.

  1. 5.       Its okay to ask a lot of questions – In fact its encouraged!

Approaching employers with lots of questions will really highlight your enthusiasm and interest in the job role. It will also be the best opportunity to clear any questions that may have been at the back of your mind from the first interview. Typical questions you may ask include the company culture, company structure or training and development in your first year. Ideally you will come up with questions that are specific for the particular role or employer, for example, if it’s in a sales role you may want to find out more specifics on the territory you will be covering or how well the existing team are performing.

  1. 6.       Cultural fit

The second interview is also used by employers to determine whether you would be a key fit into an already established company culture. During the second interview employers will want to learn how well you could get along with other team members. Cultural based questions are used to demonstrate all interpersonal communication skills you have.

This interview is as much about deciding if the employer believes you will fit in a company as it is to see if the company is a good fit for you. It’s important you think about whether you would accept if the employer was to extend an offer Does the company and role match where you wish to take your career? Remember an interview is a two way process; make the most of the opportunity.

  1. 7.       Close interview

We advise candidates to ask the interviewer how well you performed or if there is anything you may not have answered. Once you leave the interview you will not have the opportunity to go back so make sure you have closed and expressed how much you want the position and the opportunity to work with the company. This is particularly important for sales, marketing, or business development roles.

Finally good luck! With these second interview hints and tips we hope that you gain the best chance possible in getting that ideal job!

If you need any help in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact the Remtec Office.

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