You did it! You followed all the job interview tips you know and impressed that manager job interviewer the first time around and so now you’re invited for a second round of ‘talks’. Now what? You read everything you could about job interviews (e.g., resume writing tips, business etiquette during a job interview, etc.) but now you feel that you need a different type of job interview tip. What do you do during second job interviews?
Second Job Interview Tips to Land You that Job Offer
For the first job interview for that manager job, you spared nothing concerning your job resume. You may have even hired a professional resume writer just to ensure that you present yourself as a ‘perfect fit’ to the company’s manager job description.
You invested in your appearance too. You ‘aligned’ your wardrobe to fit your career plans and even
invested in an at-home tooth whitening system to improve the appearance of your smile (important for first impressions!).
But now that you’ve been called for a second job interview, the panic sets in again. Relax, you must have done something right the first time so just focus on these job interview tips we have for you and you’ll be fine.
Second Job Interview Tip No. 1 – Get into the mindset of your employer.
Keep in mind that you wouldn’t have been called for a second interview if you are not a serious contender for that manager job. So get your nerves under control! Think about it; a managerial position entails for you to lead your staff in an authoritative and calm manner. If you’re nervous and it shows, it goes against the qualities they are looking for, for such a position.
Instead, make a list and focus on all your positive qualities. This way, you are ‘primed’ on all the factors that argue the fact that YOU are the perfect one for the job. Here’s another second interview tip to help you relax, don’t engage in anything stressful the day before the interview such as tackling your garden all of a sudden or going on a day trip with your kids. Also, don’t set any appointments on the same day of your second job interview (more on this in free job interview tip no. 2).
Second Job Interview Tip No. 2 – Ask for a ‘schedule of events’.
Most people forget that a second job interview has a big potential of being… an all-day event. Remember the advice to NOT schedule any other appointments on this day? Well this is the reason why. Imagine that you set up a lunch appointment with your spouse or promised to pick up the kids at school, or said yes to a business dinner appointment with someone else; wouldn’t you be stressed out by the thought that you can’t make that appointment because you have to stay and finish your second job interview? This stress will show during your job interview!
And if you feel that you MUST end the interview because of a commitment you can’t back out of, consider the consequences. Your potential employer might think you’re not serious about getting the job on hand.
Second Job Interview Tip No. 3 – Prepare yourself for a – yikes! – panel interview.
It is not uncommon to find yourself in the middle of a group during a second interview. Often, this group will be composed of higher management (people above you), staff members (people below you) and maybe even an executive or two. Panel interviews can be daunting but not if you prepare! One very important job interview tip for you here is this: don’t contradict yourself.
Panel interviewers have that uncanny ability to somehow interpret what you say a tad differently or make you feel that you gave the ‘wrong answer’. Don’t be led (at least not easily) into backtracking what you say or strongly defending your reply. This is really a two-pronged issue: backtrack easily and you are perceived ‘weak’; defend yourself too much and you are ‘inflexible’.
So how do you deal with this? Be truthful to yourself and don’t always give replies that you think is what the interviewer wants to hear. This way, you won’t be at a loss when asked why you gave such a reply.