Congratulations! You made it through the first interview and now you’re getting ready for your second interview. The second interview can be terrifying. Many of the second interview questions will be very similar to questions asked in the first interview. The main difference between the first and second interview is that the person who interviews you this time will be in a position of higher authority than the person who interviewed you the last time. In order to prepare yourself for a second interview, you should be prepared to answer common second interview questions, to ask questions of the employer and to follow-up after the interview.
Commonly Asked Second Interview Questions
Many of the second interview questions will be similar to the questions in the first interview. The main difference is that in a second interview, the employer is not only trying to see if you’re qualified for the position, they are also trying to determine if you will be a good fit for the company. According to suite101.com, it is a good idea to “talk to someone currently employed by the company and ask about office culture and the management style.” Then you should prepare yourself to answer the following types of questions:
- Tell us about your professional past?
- Why are you considering leaving your present job?
- Describe the most difficult person you had to work with?
- How do you deal with a coworker who is not performing in a team?
- Describe a time when a customer or co-worker made you angry?
- How do you resolve conflict among co-workers?
- Describe an example of how you dealt with a difficult boss?
- What do your hobbies or personal interests say about your personality?
- Is there anything you’d like to know about us?
What Questions Should I Ask the Employer?
The second interview is a great opportunity for you to find out more about your potential employer as well. There is generally more time during a second interview for you to ask questions, so be prepared. MonsterWorking.com says, “Be prepared with lots of questions to ask as you will likely have more opportunity during the second interview to ask questions and you will be expected to make more urbane inquiries than you did during the first interview.” Prepare at least three questions to ask the employer.
- What is the company’s strategy on ? (building customer relations/penetrating market/etc.)
- Describe the company culture and communication style among employees? (This is a good question to ask everyone along the interview chain so that you can look for commonalities or discrepancies for comparison.)
- How does the company promote innovation in the workplace?
- If there is a parent company, what is that company’s effect on workplace culture?
- Are there any team-based performance rewards or incentives? How does the company promote teamwork?
Following-Up After a Second Interview
Just as with any interview, it’s very important to follow-up after a second interview. It is a good idea to write a thank you letter or email, just as you would after a first interview. To make the follow-up a little more personal, consider calling the employer as well.
At Menlo Partners, we want you to ace every interview. Ace your second interview by preparing answers to commonly asked second interview questions, preparing to ask questions of the employer and following-up after the interview. The talent acquisition team at Menlo Partners Staffing is happy to answer your questions about recruiting, temporary staffing, and workforce management. Contact our office today, Menlo Partners Staffing, a Redwood City based temp agency at (650)752-6193.
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