Congratulations – you’ve made it to the second interview, which means you are a step closer to your new position. This also means you need to deal with the second interview (and the dreaded second interview questions). Preparing for a second interview is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be – by practicing beforehand you can make things easier for yourself while increasing the likelihood of getting hired.
How to prepare for a second interview
In some ways second interview preparation is similar to first interview prep – you want to research the company, present yourself as a professional, and convince the hiring team that you are perfect for the position.
The good news? The first interview was clearly a success or they wouldn’t have brought you back. The company likes your attitude, saw something on your resume, and either think you are ready to meet the needs of the position immediately or that you have the potential to do so soon. Unfortunately, the bad news is that the exploratory, meet-and-greet segment of the interview process is over, and it’s time to get down to brass tacks. The second interview questions are focused on evaluating your fit with the company and suitability for the position.
Here are some of the most common second interview questions to help you get ready:
10 common second interview questions
- What are your professional goals?
- Your greatest strength?
- Some of your professional achievements?
- How do you handle stressful situations in the workplace?
- Why do you think you’re the best fit for this role?
- Do you prefer to work alone or as a team?
- Where do you see yourself in a year? 5 years? 10 years?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Do you have any questions for us?
Bonus Q: Can you provide some examples?
Hiring managers love to throw this one in at the end of their questions – when researching a company, be sure to think of some specific examples from your past experience.
Remember, when it comes to second interview questions, every company is different.
As with the first interview, it’s impossible to predict exactly what you are going to be asked, but you do know one thing for certain: the company likes you enough to invite you back for round two.
Best of luck with your interview!