Second Interviews and What to Expect

Congratulations on being invited back for a second interview! This invitation indicates that they think you are quite qualified for the position. This is an opportunity for both you and them to clarify "fit" with the company, team, and position requirements. Most often this is your chance to visit the office, meet the rest of the team, clarify your role, and ask any follow-up questions about the company and/or the position.

What to Expect and How to Prepare

A. Second round interviews can and will vary greatly with each organization. You're most likely going to be meeting with numerous people, so prepare answers for a multitude of questions. Many questions will be redundant and general get-to-know-you inquiries such as, "Tell me a little about yourself?" and "Why do you want to work for Company A?”

B. At this point, they know you have the skills necessary for this job and will be looking at your personality and the cultural fit. Be prepared to sell yourself while gathering the information you will need to decide if this opportunity fits your needs and career goals. Questions may be but are not limited to "what would you do if the situation were...?" and “what do you enjoy doing outside of work?”

C. Most questions will reflect the company’s values and priorities. Make sure to conduct further research. If you took notes during the first interview (in person or via telephone), it would be smart to revisit the topics you discussed to identify gaps and to know where you might be able to expand an answer.

D. You should carefully compare your qualifications with the position description -- from the organization's standpoint as well as your own. Do some research on salary and some thinking about your benefits requirements as well.

What to Ask

A. Ask questions that will give you an insider's view of the organization and to find out what it’s like to work for this organization such as, "What is the best thing about working for this organization?" "What qualities does it take to succeed in this position?" How is my potential supervisor to work with?"

B. Remember, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. It is just as important for you to determine that this organization is right for you as it is for them to think you are right for the company. We recommend going to the interview with between five and 10 questions to ask about the organization. Many good questions come from the information you may hear them talking about in various discussions as you make the rounds or from the research you did beforehand.

C. It is a good idea to take notes while they are talking so you can remember the questions or points to cover later. The employer will notice if you paid attention throughout the day when you are given the chance to ask questions.

What to Wear

A tailored black or grey suit, minimal jewelry, little to no perfume/cologne, and comfortable shoes. If you cannot afford more than one suit, try a different shirt/blouse or tie with the same suit to mix things up if need be. You can also borrow suits through the CDC's Suit Yourself program. It is very important that you dress to impress. It is important to feel good about yourself to have a more comfortable time during the interview.