What should I expect in a 2nd interview?

What should I expect in a 2nd interview?

Your second interview may be your last opportunity to make a strong impression on the employer and get the job. To increase your chances of success, you can prepare in various ways and present yourself professionally and confidently.

#1. Examine your first interview

Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your first interview, and any points you missed to make. Make sure to clearly present why you are the top choice for the position by providing specific examples and accomplishments. Keep in mind that you are probably competing against only a few other candidates.

#2. Prepare responses to common interview questions

Preparing responses to common second interview questions, similar to what you did for your first interview, can help you feel ready and self-assured. In the second interview, you will probably be asked more specific questions about how you would handle typical job challenges. Additionally, you may be asked about your employment wants, such as your salary expectations, management preferences, reasons for pursuing the job and career aspirations.

#3. Practice Your Answers 

It is a good practice to practice your answers out loud. By doing so you can help to adress key points during your interview. In addition, use keywords from the job description where possible.

#4. Conduct a further research about The Company

Research the company’s background, objectives, mission and overall environment. It is crucial to tailor your answers to demonstrate how you are not only a suitable fit for the job but also align with the company’s culture and values.

#5. Research The Role

You should also conduct research on any publicly available work done by people in your position so that you can prepare ideas and recommendations. This demonstrates that you are proactive, eager to learn, and genuinely interested in the position. It also assists the interviewer in imagining you in the role.

If you are interviewing for the position of social media manager, for example, you should spend time researching their current social media presence, content, and strategy. Then make notes and ideas to share if the subject comes up in conversation.

#6. Review Your Resume 

It is recommended to review your resume to prepare for questions about your experience. Memorize a few points about your performance in other roles including your biggest achievements and how it can fit to your potential impact in the new role.

#7. Remember your first-round interviewers

Remember who you met in the previous interview and address them by name if you meet again.


After your second interview, there are a few things you can do to leave a lasting and positive impression. Thank each interviewer for their time and leave with a smile and firm handshake.
Before you leave, inquire about the next steps and when you can expect to hear back from your recruiter or hiring manager. You should also inquire about your interviewer(s)’ contact information and the best way to send thank you notes.