Second Interview Questions to Ask the Employer

What You Should Ask at a Second Job Interviews

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Your phone rings or you get an email letting you know that you've been selected for a second interview. Congratulations! You've made it past a big hurdle. However, getting through the first round of interview questions also means that you've gone through your list of interview questions to ask the employer already.

Tips for What to Ask at a Second Job Interview

Since you don't want to repeat what has already been asked and answered, it's important to have a different set of interview questions ready for your second interview.

Your inquiries to interviewers during this conversation may be a bit more specific than your questions in the first interview.

This second interview, just like the first one, is a two-way street: As your interviewers are attempting to figure out if you're a good fit for the position, your goal is to determine if the company is right for your personality and career goals. During a second interview, it's appropriate and reasonable to ask questions about salary, culture, and opportunities available for employees. You can also ask about day-to-day work and company goals. 

Here are examples of questions to ask during a second job interview.

Second Interview Questions to Ask

  • What can I tell you about my qualifications for the position?
  • What are the top three qualities are you looking for in the person you hire to join this company?
  • What is the most challenging part of this job?
  • How would you describe the culture here? 
  • How many people are in this department, and what's the organizational structure to it? 
  • What is the biggest challenge someone will face in this job in the first 6 months?
  • If I was to be hired for the job, how would you complete this sentence: "Whatever you do, _________."
  • How do you think an employee in this position could best impact the company?
  • What sort of management style would you say you have?
  • What do you like most about working for the company?
  • Can I provide you with additional references?
  • What is the next step in the hiring process?
  • When can I expect your hiring decision?
  • If I were to be offered the job, when would you like me to start?

Second Job Interview Tips 

Having second interview is a sure sign the company has serious interest in you as a candidate. But you don't have the job yet! Here are tips that will help you perform well during a second interview: 

Don't show up unprepared: Be ready with a list of questions, above, to ask the interviewers. You'll also want to be ready to answer some of the common interview questions asked during second interviews

When you get the call or email to schedule your second interview, inquire about who will be interviewing you. You can look these people up on LinkedIn or the company website; knowing a bit about interviewers' backgrounds can help you brainstorm specific questions to ask them. 

Be consistent in your responses: It's possible you'll be speaking to several new people during your second interview. While you do want to subtly frame your answers to appeal to your audience, make sure to always be consistent about your job history, experience, and talents.

After your interview, all your interviewers will meet to compare notes, so you don't want to appear inconsistent. Consider asking all your interviewers similar questions, too, and comparing their responses. That can help you get a full picture of the company.  

Sell yourself: In the first interview, you demonstrated that you were capable and a reasonable fit for the position. In this second interview, you want to go beyond that, and show that you are the best possible candidate for the position. Since you've learned a lot from the first interview about the responsibilities you'll handle in the position, and the company's overall needs, use that information to prepare. You'll want to have examples and stories at the ready that demonstrate your abilities. 

Research the company and be prepared to ask and answer company-specific interview questions: In a second interview, it's more important than ever to show that you're knowledgeable about the organization.

Learn everything you can about the company and prepare a few questions directly related to the job you are interviewing for.

To find information, review the About Us section of the company website and press releases issued by the company. Use Google and Google News (search by company name) to get the most current information and news.

For example, if the company's expansion plans are in the news, you could ask whether the expansion would impact your role in the company if you were hired. If the company is releasing a new product or service, ask if the new release would have any impact on your position if you were to be hired. 

When you ask these types of questions, you're showing you've done your homework and you're engaged with what's happening at the organization.

Review more tips to help you ace your second round interview, and remember: you should send a thank you note after your second interview, just as you did after the first one. Here's how to write a second interview thank you note.

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