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How To Nail Your Second Interview

So, you’ve just completed your first interview and the recruiter loved your experience so much, they’ve invited you for another round!

But what can you expect during a second round of interviews? You may be wondering:

"What kinds of questions will I be asked in a second interview?"

You can expect to be asked questions in the second round of interviews to test how quickly you improvise, if you can work under pressure, how you solve problems, or questions just to understand your personality.

"Will I speak to the same recruiter?"

Typically you will speak to the hiring manager, team members and sometimes the Director of your department.

"How do I expand on my experience if I told the recruiter everything in the first interview?"

Share your stories. Recruiters and hiring managers want to see that you’re capable of describing your experience in depth and to sharing your process. Talk about what you enjoyed most about working on the specific project or some issues you came across and how you resolved it.

Tell the how and provide examples. Prepare a list of talking points.

Here’s a few things you can do to prepare for your second interview!

1. Prepare additional answers to questions you were asked on the first interview. Dive deeper into your answers and talk about the goal, the process and the results.

2. Emphasize how you plan to bring your specific skills to the company by researching current projects the company is currently working on.

3. Be sure to tie up loose ends about your experience you may have skipped on the first interview. Talk about experiences you didn’t get the chance to say due to time constraints.

4. Expect new guests in your interview. The recruiter you spoke with during the second interview will most likely introduce you to the hiring manager and members on your team. Try to locate them on LinkedIn.

5. Prepare a new list of questions to ask the hiring manager and team members.

1. What kind of work environment do you create for team members?

Asking this question shows that you plan to be part of the team. If the team members embrace open environments, this gives you insight on the types of work style personalities that are encouraged.

2. In what ways does your team collaborate with one another?

This question provides insight about how your ability to work independently or with team members. Some offices have to meet on a daily basis and work with additional departments to complete tasks, while others may meet on a monthly basis just to discuss updates for what the different departments have been working on to meet the goals for the entire organization. Some organizations are more collaborative than others.

3. How is performance measured in this role?

This question shows that you expect to uphold the requirements of the role by exceeding their expectations. If performance is measured based on meeting a minimum 'X' amount, you can plan ahead to achieve about the minimum. This is the perfect opportunity to provide an example of how you've exceeded the requirements in previous roles and how you plan to go above and beyond their expectations if hired. Have examples prepared.

4. What are the expectations for the first 6 months in this role?

This question shows the hiring manager that you are already thinking ahead and care about continuous efforts to improve. Being proactive in your role helps to show the hiring team that you embrace feedback.

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