Examining Second Interview Success

There is a science to crushing the second-round interview. With the proper formula, you can stand out as the best candidate for the job! Since you’ve been invited back for the second round of interviews, you’ve already made a good first impression with the hiring manager. To prepare for this round, study the notes you took during the first interview. If you asked the right questions, you have gathered information on the pain-points which may include deadlines, budgets, revenue, and upcoming projects. Study these notes and think about the things that you did not say during the first interview. Find a way to weave them into the conversation. Continue to research the company and industry for updates and trends.

These five primary factors will provide you with a systematic formula to demonstrate your value and drive your success in the second interview:

  1. Vision: Based upon what you have heard in the first interview; you should understand the overview of the company and their vision for the future. You need to convey your plan for the impact you will make within your first 90 days and then tie it back to how this will help the company move toward its vision.
  2. Trust: Establishing trust with clients and colleagues is essential for success in any role. Show how you will establish a high degree of trust within your role and amongst your peers.
  3. Goals: Setting goals and objectives is imperative in any business. You need to fully identify and communicate to the hiring manager your personal goals and objectives for success in the role. This will show the immediate benefit you will bring to the company.
  4. Culture: Be a good cultural fit. At the first interview, you observed the behavior of employees and attitudes of the organization firsthand. At this meeting show, you will be able to adapt to and portray the values, philosophy, and behaviors of the organization.
  5. Energy: The second interview can sometimes last eight hours. Even though you may get fatigued, it is important to maintain your energy and enthusiasm throughout the visit. Try to make a fresh impression with each person you meet. Don’t get too comfortable with the interviewers. Resist oversharing. Make it clear to everyone that you want this job.

Use these factors to prove that you are not only the best candidate but the one that exceeds all expectations. This systematic approach will enable you to surpass the others in your second interview.


Kathy Lin - Tal HealthcareWritten by:
Kathy Lin, Marketing Communications Manager
Kathy writes content for Tal Healthcare, a healthcare career website. She has a background in recruiting, sales, and teaching.  She holds a BA in Biology from the University of Vermont.  When she isn’t writing you can find her outside running, skiing or biking.

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