Getting ready for that crucial second interview

Well, you’ve cleared the first hurdle of the initial interview and now you need to prepare to seal the deal at your second interview – with our hints and tips

Just remember…

This is the real test – your first interview may just have been a box-ticking formality, checking the accuracy of your CV and sounding out your potential as a candidate ready to progress to the second stage. So a callback is your chance to shine. Think about your first interview and honestly review your performance – now is your opportunity to iron out any wrinkles in your presentation and stake your claim to the job.

Failure to plan is planning to fail:

It’s a cliché because it’s true! Forget about that first encounter and go back to the drawing board – you may well face a completely different interviewer at another location so double-check the details.

Make sure you’ve got the logistics right and don’t let traffic or public transport put you off track. Maybe you need a practice run just to be sure?

Dress to impress – plan your outfit and make sure it’s laundered and lint free. Set up a substitute just in case of a spill. Make sure you maintain a professional image and ensure your appearance is acceptable for the job you’re working so hard to win. It’s all about being appropriate.

Do your homework. If you can, find out who is going to interview you and learn a little more about them using a professional networking site like LinkedIn. Get the skinny on their skills and make sure your knowledge of their chosen fields is up to speed. If you can find a mutual interest, you’re well on the way to making a good impression.

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.

"RAYNER PERSONNEL PLACED ME IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS HEAD OF NEW HOMES FOR MARSH & PARSONS. I FOUND THEM EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL AND ENTHUSIASTIC. I AM HUGELY APPRECIATIVE OF ALL THE ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE THEY GAVE ME. I WOULD USE RAYNER PERSONNEL AGAIN." SIOBHAN STUANTON - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

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Sini Chandran MARLA Property Manager at Foxtons

Ian is the best recruiter I’ve ever come across. Throughout the entire process he was instinctive, helpful, prompt and kept me up to date at every stage. He encouraged me stay positive during the different stages of the recruitment process and I felt I could approach him with any query I had. He is truly passionate about his job and goes above and beyond any other recruiter I’ve dealt with!

SIMON WOOD
SIMON WOOD CANDIDATE

Having received countless calls from recruitment agencies that I could not wait to get off the phone to, I received a call from Rayner Personnel. As my CV was not up to date they offered me a role and when I mentioned my skill set he immediately offered me a role which matched for a very respectable company. Rayner Personnel were incredibly helpful and had the patience of a saint whilst going through the interview process and I was successful in my job application with the company. I cannot recommend Rayner Personnel enough!

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I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for the help you provided me on my job search. The communication was fantastic and after only speaking to you for the first time within the hour I had multiple job interviews that were relevant to my search criteria. I would happily recommended you Rayner Personnel to anyone within the industry.

SIMON WEBB
SIMON WEBB GROUP PRODUCTION MANAGER, GPEA LIMITED

There are two reasons I would recommend Rayner Personnel. The first is their customer service: as a candidate looking for work I was always able to speak to someone quickly and get answers when I needed them. Secondly, and most importantly, they understand their industry, clients and candidates: Rayner Personnel were able to put me in front of businesses that presented a challenge I would find engaging, and at the same time I would be of benefit to the employer. They thought outside of the box too to come up with ideas for where to place me that others wouldn't have thought of and couldn't have had the contacts to make happen. This is a professional, friendly service that delivers.

SIOBHAN STAUNTON
SIOBHAN STAUNTON ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

Rayner Personnel placed me in my current role as Head of New Homes for Marsh & Parsons. I found them extremely professional and enthusiastic. I am hugely appreciative of all the assistance and guidance they gave me. I would use Rayner Personnel again.

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