These days, companies are not satisfied with just one interview. Candidates are often interviewed multiple times before a final job offer is made.
So, you survived the first interview and looking to prepare yourself for the next. Here are some tips to nail the callback interview.
Know your resume inside and out
One of the ways you can prepare for a secondary interview is by studying your resume. Interviewers may ask you specific details about a previous job or for specific examples. Familiarizing yourself with your resume and work history can be great tools for discussion and something you can leverage during an interview. For instance, you can recall any awards or recognition you received that would be relevant to the position you are seeking currently. Another great preparation tool is to have questions memorized to ask the interviewers. You want to show that you are interested. Try asking a follow-up question to a discussion. Asking a question shows you are engaged, listening, and interested in what the interviewer has to say.
Get the scoop
It’s important to be prepared for the interview. Ask ahead of time how many people you will meet and if you can have their names. This is a great opportunity to get to know your audience and research the interviewers. You will also want to ask if it will be a group interview or an individual interview. If it is a group interview, make sure you have plenty of examples, in case you are asked to expand or are questioned about a particular topic. You will want to stand out – and the best way to do that is to be prepared. Knowledge is power, and the more you can find out about the interview format, the more relaxed and confident you will feel walking into the interview.
Take your time
The first interview is often short and quick, while the second interview is often long and in depth. While the first interview may have gone by so fast that it’s all a blur, it’s important you take your time and don’t rush the second one. Secondary interviews can take up to several hours and could be done with over five people. Try to relax yourself by wearing comfortable clothing. Another great idea is to schedule the meeting at a time of day where you feel most relaxed. If you have to battle rush hour right before an interview, you probably aren’t going to feel calm and relaxed. It’s a good idea to schedule the interview when you are feeling well rested and with plenty of energy. Also be sure to eat before your interview and bring the same level as enthusiasm as you did for your first interview.
Out with a bang
You want to be sure you leave a lasting impression. Before you leave the interview, be sure to remind everyone of your enthusiasm for the position and let them know that you truly want the position. Also, don’t forget to ask the interviewer when you can expect to hear back from them. It is important to follow up an interview with a thank you note to everyone you met during the interview process. Treat every person as a separate and important relationship. By emailing a thank you note – you begin to forge relationships with people and establish connections.