Your first interview went better than you thought and now you have been notified that they want to see you again. This is certainly a step in the right direction, but you are not all the way there yet. There are still a few steps to go before you are hired.

To perform well in the second stage you will need to prepare. The second interview is where you need to make your mark, as this is where you may be interviewed by senior managers and you’re likely to meet a few of your potential team members too.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your second interview:

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Research

You should have researched the company for your first interview, however, for your second you need to do your homework. Research the company in depth and keep up to date with their latest news, this will be sure to give a great impression to your interviewers.

The Basics

Although very simple, the basics should be at the top of your priorities. Ensure that you confirm where, when and what type of interview it is. You don’t want to turn up late, or worse, on the wrong day.

Presentation

Make a lasting impression in everything you do! Dress smartly, unless you’re told differently. Always keep eye contact, smile and be courteous. Keep your head held high and appear confident as possible. Remember, you will still be up against other potential candidates so you need to make a strong and lasting impression.

Prepare your answers, and yourself for deeper questions

To prepare your answers, go over your job role until you fully understand what will be asked of you as these are likely questions the interviewer will ask to see if you have done your research. Prepare examples as to what you can offer the company as it will look better than stumbling when they ask you.

If they ask you a question such as “give me a time when…”, remember to use STAR. This means answer the question describing the situation, task, action and result. This is the most effective way to answer competency based interview questions. In addition, prepare for questions such as “what is your biggest weakness?” or “how do you handle stress?” These types of questions can be the downfall for many people so it is best to have an answer prepared and ready.

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Ask questions

To get through to the second interview, it is vital that you ask your interviewers questions. Asking questions shows that you are interested in
the company. This means that it is just as important to ask questions in the second interview. Also, don’t be afraid to make small talk; this shows your interviewer that you are easy to get along with.

Just remember to keep calm, stay confident and prepare your answers. You will have your dream job in no time.

What do you think of this blog? Can you think of any more tips on how to prepare for a second interview? If so, please leave your comments below.

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This blog was written by Alex Cordwell on behalf of We Are Adam, the recruitment
specialists. We Are Adam works with candidates to find them roles
within the HR, Digital, Marketing, Sales and Agency sectors, and only
works with consultants that are fully trained and who have much
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