Second time around
JOBSEEKERS who survived the first job interview often are stumped on what will happen next and how to tackle a second interview.
Not all employers use more than one round of interviews to select new employees.
Some hirers, however, may need to speak with their manager to get final approval before they can make an offer, seek others’ thoughts on an applicant’s suitability for the team or seek help to decide among several candidates for the job.
Recruitment firm Hays director Jacky Carter says there is a difference between the first and second interview.
The interviewers can change, the questions and expected answers can become more complex and the claims made by the interviewee in the first interview often are tested.
He says jobseekers still need to prepare and be as alert as they would be for a first interview and advises:
– Check and memorise interviewers’names - including their titles - and use their names during the session.
– Check the date, time and location of the interview and find out how to get there so you can be a little early for your appointment.
– Remember to take all relevant phone numbers in case your plans change unexpectedly.
– Pick out what you will wear ahead of time to make sure everything is clean and neat. First impressions are crucial and so are second impressions. Dress in corporate style, even if the office is informal.
– Take copies of your resume and a pen and paper. Don’t assume the interviewer will have a copy of your resume from your first visit.