Getting the email inviting you to take part in a second round of job interviews for a position can be both thrilling and harrowing at the same time. Yes, you have a second chance to prove that you’re a great fit for the company, but with that can also come with even more pressure this time around.
Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Don’t assume you’ve already scored the job
Just because you got called in for a second interview doesn’t mean the position is already yours. So treat the session like a trial run of what it’d actually be like to work there, keep your emotions in check, and be confident but humble.
Fill in any gaps
This could be your last chance before it’s offer time.
Career expert Alison Doyle writes in The Balance that you should consider “what you didn’t say.”
“Was there something you thought you should have mentioned during your first interview? Or was there a question you had difficulty with? The second interview will provide you with the opportunity to expand upon your responses from the first interview. Review the notes you took during the first interview, to see what you might have missed talking about and what you can clarify or add,” Doyle writes.
Be ready to shed light on your character
Use this as an opportunity to distinguish yourself further.
“‘Looking back, what could you have done to make a bad workplace relationship better?’ This interview question is attempting to find out whether you’re capable of rising above an unpleasant situation or learning from past mistakes, both highly desirable qualities. A bitter, critical answer may indicate someone who holds grudges or simply can’t get along with certain kinds of people. A reflective, positive answer will show you try to minimize personality conflicts and not use them as excuses for failing to move forward. The company is looking for a candidate who tries to be tactful and diplomatic but nonetheless stands up for what’s right,” the post says.
Do a little bit of digging
“Research anyone who you know you’re meeting with if you were given names ahead of time. This doesn’t mean compiling a detailed dossier. It just means that you want to know what their role is, how long they’ve been with the company, and in some cases, what their professional history was before this job,” she writes.
Keep making a good impression on people
Amy Levin-Epstein writes about how you should “impress every person you meet” on a second job interview in a CBS Money Watch article.
“Potential managers and coworkers will be analyzing you in terms of their own needs, says O’Donnell. ‘If every person in the interview process sees you as the person who will help them do their own job better or in a less-stressed fashion, you’ll set yourself up to seal the deal.’ Ask yourself, ‘How can I help this person?’ Then try to work that into the conversation,” Levin-Epstein writes.