Articles > That Very Important Second Interview - by Scott Brown
Thereís no joy or worry like knowing that youíve been called in for that very important second interview. You know this takes you one step closer to that job youíve worked toward and you donít want to do anything wrong.
Letís take look at the most important things to do to get this interview right.
1. This interview, when compared to the first is going to be longer, deal with more people, more questions, more pressure, and more preparation on your part.
2. Review your entire first interview. Consider any questions that caused you problems. Consider any answers you gave that caused odd looks or uneasy questions from the interviewer. Consider what aspects made you shine Ė think about other ways to make a good impression.
3. Think about new information that you can bring to the next interview. What did you not have a chance to talk about the first time? Is there some accomplishment worth mentioning this time? What about examples of how you did something well?
4. Do research the company before going in for the second time. You should have done some before the first interview but itís even more important this time around. Try to talk to someone in the company first if you can. Also research any current news or interesting developments in your field.
5. Find out if you can what the agenda is going to be for your interview. Donít be surprised if it turns out to actually be several interviews. You could do several interviews or be in a group interview. This can be very exhausting and youíll need to keep your energy up. Itís also possible that a meal out could be involved or a tour of the workplace. Sometimes, youíll be taken to meet various other staff members. Remain polite and professional at all times. When you are uncertain of who or how many people you will be seeing, itís a good idea to take several copies of your resumes to hand out to everyone.
6. If you are going into a panel interview, it is very important to keep up eye contact with everyone. That sounds odd, but many people maintain eye contact only with the person asking the question. Do look them in the eye but look as if you are answering everyone.
7. Make sure you get a good nightís sleep and a decent breakfast. It could be a long day and you will need to feel refreshed and strong. Take a small snack if you can in case there is no lunch break. If you get a chance go for a short walk outside Ė take it. Stay strong and confident. Be enthusiastic at all times.
8. Expect to answer many questions and be prepared to ask many of your own. Your participation in this interview is required. Be prepared to answer questions about salary and benefits. Also itís become common to ask behavioral questions on second interviews.
9. If you donít receive an offer make sure you find out when a decision is going to be made or at least what the next step in the process is for the company. If you do receive an offer, donít feel you have to accept it right away. You can ask for a few days to consider their offer.
10. Regardless of the outcome of the interview, make sure you send a thank-you note or thank-you email to everyone you met with.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.
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