So you aced the first interview… and they asked you back.
Great. You’ve made it to the second interview stage. Unfortunately, you’re not 100% how this will differ from your first interview, so your approach is simply to repeat the same things you said before, only slightly clearer and/or louder. Not so great.
While some interview preparations remain the same, there can be key differences when it comes to the types of questions asked by employers, and the answers expected of you.
We’ve put together a quick summary of how a second interview can differ from the first.
What is the difference between the first and the second interview?
Whereas a first interview is generally used to test your personality and basic abilities, the competition intensifies when it comes to the second stage.
What an employer really wants to know now is what separates you from the other candidates, what your technical abilities are, and the logistics involved when it comes to a firm offer. This way they can more easily make a direct comparison between remaining candidates.
In addition, second interviews are often an opportunity for other key members of staff at a prospective employer to meet and question a shortlist of [...]