You made it. You aced the first interview and have been invited back for round two. The second round of questions is usually more serious and in-depth, and the format is probably face-to-face, whether it’s a Zoom call or in-person. You’ll probably speak with a hiring manager instead of just the recruiter, or you may face a panel of people from the company. Your interviewer may include people you’ll work with closely every day, including your potential new boss.
Now that we’ve probably increased your anxiety, is there a way to prepare for this nerve-wracking event?
Questions to Prepare for During Interview #2
In the same way that (we hope) you prepared for the first interview, take some time upfront to get ready for round two. To do this, reflect on the first interview and what you learned. If you’re working with a recruiter and they haven’t shared how you got through to the second round, ask them for some feedback. Was there something in your experience that helped you pass the first test? Did you answer questions in a way that engaged the interviewer enough to make them think you’d be a good fit? Use what you learn from this information and let it serve as the foundation for your second interview.
Make sure you go back and double your efforts to learn about the company. What are their mission and values? What have they been posting about on social media? Who are the leaders of the business? Start thinking strategically about how your skills fit in beyond the job description (although that is important) and what problem you can help the company solve. Then consider how your past job experiences fit with the puzzle you’re putting together about the company.
Now go back to your resume. It’s almost certain the interviewers will throw in behavioral questions that start with, “Tell me about a time when you…” Take a half-hour and jot down a few notes on how you might answer a behavioral question with a story from your resume. Outline a few stories where you took on a difficult task, learned something new, or maybe engaged or led a team toward success. By outlining the stories, you’ll make your answers more concise. For example:
- What was your goal or objective?
- What actions did you take?
- What challenges did you overcome?
- What was the final result?
Finally, consider the types of questions you’ll probably be asked and prepare yourself with a standard answer to tweak during the interview. Common questions asked during a second interview include:
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why are you a good fit for this job?
- What would you like to accomplish in your first few months on the job?
- How do you deal with challenges?
- Tell me about a time you disagreed with management?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What is your target salary?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
With this amount of preparation, you are ready to take on interview two! Of course, you can practice your skills by talking with one of the professional recruiters at IES. We would be happy to chat about your future goals, so don’t hesitate to contact us.