Interview Tips

Second Interview Tips

After the first interview next step is second interview. When employers complete their initial interviews for a job opening, they ask the top candidates back for a second interview before making a final decision. The second interview is also known as the site visit, office visit, or plant visit. A second interview may be the last step in the process before an offer is made.

Both the employer and the interviewee should have specific goals during the second interview.

  • Employer's Goals:

    1. Identifying specific qualities:

      In the first interview employers are trying to identify many general qualities important to their organization, but in the second interview employers will try to determine if you are having the specific qualities they are looking for in a new employee.

    2. Identifying organizational fit:

      Employers also want to see how others in the organization respond to you and if you fit their corporate culture.

  • Interviewee's goals:

    Interviewee's goals are to view the facilities, meet employees of the organization. You have to determine if the company, the job, and the people are a strong fit for you.

The second interviews are having two categories.

  1. Structured Interviews

    A second interview is considered structured if each interviewer has specific criteria they use to assess you. One person may ask questions to determine your computer skills or your sales ability. Another one may ask about educational background.

  2. Unstructured Interviews

    In an unstructured interview, the interviewer has to make a broad evaluation. Treat each interviewer with equal importance. You may get similar questions from all the interviewers. Do not get bored to Answer the same questions.

Following are some Do's and Don'ts for Second Interview:

Second Interview Tips - Do's

In the first interview employers are trying to identify many general qualities important to their organization, but in the second interview employers will try to determine if you are having the specific qualities they are looking for in a new employee. So you have to work hard for the second interview.

Following are some second interview tips.

  1. Collect the information

    It is important to know the schedule of the day's activities, including names and titles of the interviewers. If possible for you then collect the biographical information about the person who will be interviewing you. Some organizations post staff profiles on their Web site.

  2. Travel arrangements

    Traveling planning is as important as other aspects of second interview. You must reach 5-10 minutes early at the interview. Your travel plans can be handled in a number of ways. You may be asked to make your own arrangements or the organization may coordinate your travel arrangements.

  3. Lodging

    If you are not living at the location of interview and staying at a hotel, ask if the organization will be making arrangements for your lodging. Make sure you have clear directions from your place of lodging to the organization. Check on parking options if you are driving to the interview.

  4. Research the employer for relevant information

    You can ask the first round interviewer to send you any additional information. The information may be about the job, the organization, the department you would work for.

    Check the Website for articles or information about the organization or industry.

  5. Dress code

    Professional dressing is always helps for good impression. Arrive dressed appropriately for the job. If any doubt then wear a conservative suit.

  6. Prepare questions to ask your interviewers

    In the second interview there is an opportunity to ask the questions to interviewers. Your questions will show enthusiasm about working for the employer. Remember you are also interviewing to see if this is the position you want.

    Following are some points you may want to cover:

    • Ask to see a job description.
    • Ask about the performance appraisal system.
    • Ask about the management style of the organization.

  7. Salary

    One question you should be ready to answer is on the salary expected. In an interview, you might be asked to state a figure. You must know the salary of persons of your qualifications as starting salaries in positions similar to the one for which you are interviewing. One way to handle salary questions is to give a salary range.

  8. Self-Presentation

    Arrive 5-10 minutes early at the interview. Be aware of how you interact with others, including support staff and other candidates. Engage in small talk with company representatives, but avoid controversial topics. Maintain professionalism at all times.

    Do not smoke while you are on site. Offer information you have learned about the company in your discussions and conversations. Remember your table manners: companies want employees with social as well as job skills.
    Maintain smile, composure and enthusiasm throughout your interview.

  9. Do's for second interview

    Following are Do's for second interview:

    1. Do try to collect the business card of everyone you meet with. Keep a small notepad handy to write down names in case there is someone from whom you cannot get a card.
    2. Do listen for clues that get at the heart of what the employer seeks in the person hired for this position and key into the needs, concerns, issues, and problems that you would be expected to handle.
    3. Do remember that most of the guidelines that apply to first interviews also relate to second interviews.
    4. Some experts suggest that talking with company insiders is one of the most productive ways to prepare for a second interview.
    5. Look for opportunities to refresh yourself during the interview day. In the break you can splash some water on your face. Maintain your energy, confidence, and enthusiasm.
    6. A major reason for the second interview is so the employer can see how well you fit in with the company culture. Deploy your very best interpersonal communication skills. Remember one thing that second interview is also your opportunity to determine whether the company is a good fit for you.
    7. Do expect to be asked some of the same questions you were asked in the first interview, but some new ones as well. Second-interview questions may contain more questions on your personality, or they may be more targeted toward specific technical skills.
    8. Be sure you know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there.
    9. Remember one thing that second interview will involve more preparation, more people, more questions, more intensity, and more pressure.
    10. In the second interview, they may ask behavioral questions, which are commonly asked in second interviews.
    11. You have to prepare lots of questions to ask. You will likely have more opportunity to ask questions in the second interview.
    12. Do get a feel for what second interviews are like. The University of Kent in the UK offers write-ups that describe second and subsequent interviews at numerous major, international companies.
    13. If you do not receive an offer, ask about the next step in the process .

  10. Observe carefully

    You have to consider your own comfort with the job and organization. Each department or company has a "climate". So you have to observe the climate very carefully. You may ask some yourself following questions about the work environment:

    • What is the work environment like? Calm? Frantic? Stimulating?
    • Do you feel comfortable, does it seem like somewhere you would like to work?

  11. Ask for the job

    No one will give you job, unstill you ask for it. Do not think that the interviewer knows that you want the job. Let him/her know that you want it.

  12. Follow up

    Follow up letter is also one important part of interview. After you return from your visit, write follow-up letters to your interviewers. If you interviewed with several individuals, plan to write individual thank-you letters.

  13. Make each interview a learning experience

    After the interview, write down what you have learned. Ask yourself following questions:

    • Did I present my qualifications well?
    • Did I talk too much?
    • What can I do to improve my next interview?

    With the help jof these questions, you can make plans to improve your skills.

Second Interview Tips - Don'ts

We have to avoid the following points while facing second interview:

  1. Don't neglect to review your performance from your first interview. Note any questions or situations that caused you difficulty and plan how you will handle those aspects better in the second interview. Think about what made you shine in the first interview, and plan to do more of the same.
  2. Don't be surprised if the second interview is actually a series of interviews. You may interview with managers, senior executives, department heads, and prospective team members. You have to bring more copies of your resume for all the people you may be meeting with.
  3. Don't forget to maintain eye contact with everyone on the panel and not just the panelist who asked the question.
  4. Don't smoke even if invited to do so.
  5. Don't neglect to talk to other people beyond those you are interviewing with.
  6. It is not necessary to give an answer immediately if the employer makes an offer. Ask for a few days to think about it.
  7. Don't talk about salary, holidays or bonuses unless they bring them up.
  8. Don't answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no". Make sure that you explain your reasoning fully.
  9. Don't wear too much perfume or aftershave.
  10. Don't forget to send a thank you e-mail to everyone you meet with.

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