Whether this fills you with fear, excitement, or confidence (or a combination of all three) – you’re probably wondering what it will involve and how you should prepare. And although many aspects will emulate a first interview, there’s likely to be some key differences.
A second interview is a way for employers to find out more about you following your initial interview.
It also helps an employer to compare candidates more closely – as the amount of interviewees is usually reduced.
Although not all employers use second interviews, they are usually standard for more competitive roles.
A first interview is all about testing your personality and basic skills.
An employer uses it to see whether you match up to your CV and cover letter – and it will often involve a general overview of both what the role involves and how your capabilities fit.
A second interview may focus on this as well – but will place more of an emphasis on what separates you from other candidates.
Whether it’s through asking more specific questions, elaborating on aspects that were covered in your first interview, or covering salary expectations.
If your first round was particularly in-depth, you might even be wondering what’s left to cover; but you’d be surprised at how much the employer still doesn’t know.
To make sure you know what to expect, here are a few things that are usually covered in a second interview: