Acing the second interview … Do’s and Dont’s

It's been so much fun sharing my go to tips and tricks for surviving #RecruitingSeason. Join me for the latest post in the installment: Acing the Second Interview. (Hint, hint: it's a lot like acing the first!) I hope that you've enjoyed this series as much as I have. Without further ado, here are my 7 tips!

Do: Stay True to Yourself

I think this is so important to mention first. After the first interview, you will probably have more knowledge of the company and what they are looking for in the person they hire. If you have those qualities … great! If you don’t have those qualities and they cannot be taught on the job … don’t pretend to the company’s ideal hire. It is a waste of time for you and the hiring manager/recruiter/etc.


Do Not: Assume You’re Hired

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Assume that this second interview practically “guarantees” you the job, because it does not. In fact, there is no point in the interview process that you are “guaranteed” a job until a hiring manager or interviewer says “I am going to recommend you for the job” or “You’re hired,” got it?


Do: Know the Company and Position

Stay abreast in company knowledge. Often times, if you get mostly behavioral questions or technical questions in the first interview, you will get a few questions about the companies history during the next.


Do: Not Forget to Follow-up

Remember last week when we discussed follow-up emails? Send one again. You’re likely talking to a different person this time and your new interviewer should be treated with the same respect. It is also important to send a follow-up email in order to maintain your favorable reputation.


Do: Be Honest

Interviewers may ask you questions that you are uncomfortable with answering. Instead of making up something, turn the situation into something positive. 

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ex. If the interviewer asks if you are looking for other positions, instead of flat out saying no (if the answer is really yes), say “Yes, I am interviewing for a similar role at another company.” This doesn’t make you look desperate but if the hiring manager knows that you will possibly get an offer somewhere else, they will try to make you a better offer faster.

ex.2 If the interviewer asks you a situational question and you can only think about a negative situation, put a positive spin on the situation when you get to the “results,” part of your answer (if you’re using STAR).


Don't: Assume the New Interviewer knows about you. 

It's possible that the previous interviewer shared his or her notes about you. If is also possible that he or she did not share his note about you. Therefore, unless the interviewer gives you clues that he or she knows the information, treat this interview the same as you would a first interview.


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Do: make a lasting impression.

Even if your brother is the Vice President of the corporation, leave a positive impression on the interviewer. After all, do you really want to be known as "the kid who only got the job because of her brother?" That goes for anyone you know. Make your connection look good in the interview!

Acing the second interview … Do’s and Dont’s

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