Second Interview Questions and Answers

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You've made it through your first interview with flying colors, and you have been invited to a second-round interview. What will you be asked during a second interview? Some of the interview questions may be the same as the questions you were asked at the first interview, but others will be very different.

To make it through the next round, you'll need to be comfortable with both the standard interview questions and the curve-balls, while paying special attention to topics that are most likely to come up in this phase of the interview process.

During a second interview, you will also be asked more specific interview questions about the job, the company, your ability to perform in the job, and how your skills and abilities translate into what the company is seeking in the person they are going to hire. 

Second Interview Questions and Answers

    Company and Job-Specific Interview Questions

    Depending on the type of position you're interviewing for, you'll be asked questions that will require detailed responses. For example, if you are interviewing for a sales job, you'll be asked interview questions about your sales achievements. It's important to be clear about how you can help the company and how you will grow sales and market share.

    For these types of questions, you'll need to tailor your responses to reflect the company's products, services, and goals. The best way to prepare to answer questions about how you will perform is to learn as much as you can about the job and the company. The more you know, the easier it will be to relate your skills to the company's needs.

    Check out the company's website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Instagram, and LinkedIn page. Check Google News for the latest information about the company. Talk to your connections, if you have them, at the company to get as much insider information as possible. You want to know both how the company wants to be seen and what they might prefer to sweep under the rug (although of course you'll concentrate on the former during your interview).

    Prepare for the Unexpected

    If you have a portfolio or other work samples, it's important to bring them with you to this round of interviews, even if you showed them in your first meeting. During the second interview, it's not uncommon for companies to bring in other people, such as prospective team members or other employees who might work with you on a day-to-day basis.

    Some of these people might be fairly spontaneous additions to the interview process, so you'll want to be prepared to give your elevator speech and demonstrate your skills and abilities effectively and efficiently in order to catch them up on who you are.

    It's important to sell yourself to everyone you meet, because each person you talk with may have input into the hiring decision.

    Make a Match

    Review the job posting you applied for, as well as other company job listings. You will get a good idea of what the company wants from the people they hire from reviewing the job descriptions. Make a list of how you match what the company is looking for and use that information when you respond to interview questions. Your goal is to convince the company that you are the candidate who can help them reach their goals. If you provide actionable information in your responses, you'll be well-positioned.

    In addition, review behavioral interview questions and answers because they are designed to elicit responses that include specific examples of how you achieved results.

    Think of some examples of how you handled situations that are similar to what you would be doing if you were to be hired for this job.

    Give Consistent Responses

    Remember to be consistent. Your interviewers are going to compare notes, so it is important that what you tell one interviewer matches what you tell you the others. Take the time to review your resume ahead of time and take notes after your first interview, so you remember what you said the first time around.

    Second Interview Questions to Ask the Employer

    It's important to have questions ready to ask the interviewer. Since you don't want to repeat what you asked in the first interview, have a different set of interview questions ready to ask during your second interview. Here are examples of questions to ask the employer during a second job interview.

    Job Interview Tips

    Just because you've been invited for a second interview, don't think it's a done deal and you're going to get the job. In this competitive job market, most employers conduct second interviews and sometimes even third and fourth interviews.

    Be prepared either for your interviewer to remember everything you said in the prior interview, or to need the occasional refresher on your details. Don't take it personally if he or she seems to draw a blank momentarily; the interview process is long and involved for hiring managers as well as applicants. Even the most meticulous note-takers can lose a detail or two.

    Most importantly of all, don't assume that because you've made it this far, you're a shoe-in. Prepare carefully for each and every interview to enhance your prospects of turning your interview into a job offer.

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