How do I Prepare for a Second Interview?

Are you ready for a second interviewFor those of you lucky enough to make it through the first round of interviews, congratulations, and here’s some advice for your second interview:

How should I prepare for a second interview?

You should have already done your initial research for your first interview, so it is important to review this and refresh yourself on the agency’s vision, their clients, recent pitch wins etc. Nine times out of ten you will be meeting another person at your second interview, normally someone of a higher position, so again it’s important to impress. Research this person – What is their background? Where have they worked previously? Do they have a ‘People’ page on the website that shows their hobbies? Do you have anything in common? Often this sort of information can be used to ease your way in to conversation, perhaps whilst walking from reception to the meeting room. Remember, first impressions count from the minute you shake hands with them.

What will I be asked at a second interview?

Depending on the style of the agency you are meeting, second interviews can be very different. If you have already blown the interviewers away in your first interview, then the second interview may be more relaxed and more of a ‘chemistry’ meeting. They may introduce you to some staff or show you around the office. On the flip-side, if you are up against a number of other people at the second stage, it is likely to be more intense. You will be asked challenging questions, and may even be probed more about any weaknesses identified in the first interview. Always be prepared for this, and reflect on the first interview. Always aim to answer any questions proactively, with enthusiasm and confidence.

What can I ask at a second interview?

Although a second interview can be even more daunting than the first, you have to remember that they must have liked you for them to ask you back. You are in a good position, and although a second interview is where you really need to sell yourself, it is also an opportunity for you to make sure this is the right role for you, with the right company. Feel free to ask questions about the company’s structure, the culture, and any specific questions you may have about the actual role. Asking questions shows enthusiasm, but remember, don’t ask more questions than the interviewer. If you are interested in the role, let them know before you leave and ask them what the next steps will be, before thanking them for their time!