As one of the leading employment agencies in Staunton – and Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows the hiring process can be a daunting one, with several rounds of interviews. The good news is that if you’ve been asked back for a second interview, it means you’re on the short list to get hired.
But how will this interview be different from the first? And how do you prepare for it? Here are 5 tips to help you:
Expect new people in the interview.
Your first interview was likely with someone from HR. Expect your second interview to be with a variety of people. Oftentimes, during the second round, companies conduct panel interviews, so multiple people get the chance to evaluate you. This includes the hiring manager you’d be reporting to, potential co-workers, as well as company leadership.
When you’re scheduling the second interview, ask who will be participating. That way, you’ll know what to expect when you walk into the room.
Be prepared to talk details.
The first interview may have been more general, with the interviewer going over the position and what it entails – as well as discussing your background in a broad sense. However, expect the second interview to dig more into the details. Be ready to talk about specific examples of your track record.
Also, be prepared to explain what you’d do on the job if hired. It’s always helpful to review the job description before your interview and come up with some specific examples of how your background and skills can make an impact in the position – and at the company.
Have questions ready.
You most likely learned a lot more about the company and the job during the first interview. Now that you’ve had some time to process all you’ve learned, you probably have a lot of questions. That’s a good thing. Interviewers expect that. Just make sure you write them down ahead of time so you don’t forget them during the interview.
Schedule enough time to tour the facility.
Your first interview might only have lasted an hour. Expect the second one to last several and to include a tour of the facility. So when you’re scheduling your interview, set aside enough time for the interview.
Ask about next steps.
Before you leave the interview, ask about next steps in the interview process. Inquire as to when the hiring team will be making a decision and when you can expect to hear back.
A second interview means you’re one step closer to landing the job. Just make sure you follow the tips above so you’re well prepared – and completely confident – when you walk into the interview.
Need more job search tips and help?
Call the experts at Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Staunton – and Central Virginia, we work with some of the top employers throughout Central Virginia and can connect you with opportunities that are oftentimes not advertised.