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Preparing for a second interview

You have cleared the hurdle of the initial interview and now you need to prepare for a second interview for the role.

Just remember, you have been through the box ticking formality, and they have checked that you can match the skills and experience you stated on your CV. At this stage, you will be narrowed down to select candidates. So most importantly, remember you made a good impression in your first interview, and you are being considered as someone who could work within their organisation. Think honestly about your first interview and reflect on your performance. What do you think you did well? What do you wish you did differently? By knowing these things, you will be better equipped to not make the same mistakes.

Like the first interview, take some time to prepare yourself. Review your research from the first interview to make sure it is fresh in your mind and make a list of any additional questions you may have thought of since your first interview. You may be faced with a new interviewer and location, so go back to the beginning with checking the location of the interview and planning your route.

The way you dress in your second interview is your chance to show yourself as a great fit in the company. Did you notice how the others were dressed in the office? Try to wear something that will show you as a good fit in the office. But if they dress casually, make sure you still choose a smart outfit. It is all about being appropriate.

If you can find out who is going to be present at the second interview, try to learn a little about them from their LinkedIn profile or the company meet the team page. Take a look at their skills and try to update your knowledge on any interests that they list as this is a good conversational point.

As well as the chance for any employer to find out more about you, the second interview is your opportunity to make sure this really is the job of your dreams. Prepare a selection of questions and practice so you remember them.

Knowledge is power for both parties, so don’t be afraid to probe deeper and dig out the details.