If you have been invited back for a second interview then things are looking good! You have obviously managed to impress your interviewer in the first place or else you wouldn’t have been invited back for another go. Don’t get complacent here though; it is just as important to do your preparation prior to the second interview as it was your first. Your interviewer has probably invited you back to get a little more information about you or it may be that at second interview stage a more senior member of staff wants to meet you to ask you some questions. It may have been that the interviewer has decided that you are the best candidate in his opinion but needs his superior to meet up with you and Vito his decision – who knows. Many employers use recruitment agencies to carry out the first set of interviews on their behalf to save them time and get a pre-qualified shortlist of candidates, they will have briefed the agency as to what type of candidate they are looking for, qualifications, interpersonal skills etc, etc so this interview may be the first opportunity you have actually had to meet your potential new boss. If you have not already sat a psychometric test or aptitude test then it may be that this will be a requirement at the second interview although, again, if this is to be the case then the chances are that you will have been briefed about it before you attend your second interview. Sometimes time may have been against an interviewer at the first meeting and there may well have been more questions that needed to be asked so this could be another reason you have been invited back for a second interview to clarify any outstanding points that your interviewer couldn’t ascertain in the first place. Remember that the second interview shortlist may have several other candidates on it and you’re your interviewer may want to explore your experience or interpersonal skills in a more in depth manner. One thing is for sure though if you have got this far things are looking positive so you will want to be giving this next meeting your very best.
Your second interview therefore is unlikely to follow the same format as the first. If another more senior member of staff is attending this second interview then the chances are that the interviewer will have already briefed them as to your background and shared any thoughts or concerns with them however there may be one or two questions asked that you answered at the first interview. It could be that there are certain specific areas of concern that your interviewer has and it may well be that they will address these questions in a straight manner. There are going to be specific questions your interviewer is looking to find answers to or clarification of and they are likely to be questions aimed at your ability to do the job should they offer it you or questions based around your past performance with your present or previous employers. So it’s a fair assumption that some of the questions will be along the lines of “give me an example of a project you have undertaken to increase your sales turnover” or “how did you manage to increase your weekly output from x to x”. These questions as mentioned are likely to be aimed at specifics.
It is fair to say that most second interviews usually follow a more informal approach than the first interview. In addition, the chances are you will already have met your interviewer once and you therefore may feel a little less nervous than on the first occasion so if you didn’t accept a beverage when it was offered the first time because you were worried you would throw the cup up in the air 6 foot whenever you were asked a question, you may feel confident to accept one in a less informal environment. Sometimes your interviewer may decide to conduct the second interview outside of the office in either a pub or restaurant. This can be done for a couple of reasons – it may be that the interviewer feels if you are in a more relaxed environment you will let your guard down and he feels that any questions he asks you may attract answers that are more truthful as it appears you are now his friend. Secondly, it could be that your interviewer wants to assess your interpersonal and communication skills outside of an office environment – something that may be relevant to the interviewer if the job role is going to entail entertaining clients socially. Whatever happens don’t get lured into a false sense of security, keep professionalism at the forefront of your mind and only say something you would be prepared to say if the interview was being conducted back at the office. If you are offered an alcoholic drink by all means accept one if you think the circumstances are right (obviously if you don’t drink you can say so) but try and keep it to one – alcohol is a natural relaxant and if you do drink too much you may let your guard down and you might end up saying something you regret – like telling a joke that was perhaps not really suitable for the occasion!