So you nailed your high-pressure interview at that firm you always wanted to work for? Bravo! But there’s another round of questions coming your way - is the anticipation of the follow up interview making you bite your nails?
While initial interviews are nerve-racking, follow up interviews come with their own set of pressures. I can guarantee you that they will be more specific and more intensive because their purpose is to turn a “maybe” into a definite “yes” or “no.” So if you have been called back for a follow up, it means that your potential employers are on the fence about whether or not to hire you.
Here are 5 great tips that will definitely push them over the fence!
Since you have been called in for a follow up interview, it means that you have already made a good impression and aroused a healthy amount of curiosity. Use this to your advantage and maintain the impression you have already created by coming across as professional and confident.
However, there is no guarantee that your follow up interview will be conducted by the same person. So, keeping this in mind, remember that you need to continue to use the same techniques that you did in the initial interview (in addition to your preparation for the follow up) to create a good and lingering impression.
Porter and Chester, a career school in the Unites States, says that what employers really value are punctual and dependable workers. In your follow up interview, you HAVE to make your interviewer believe that you are just that.
It is very easy to take a follow up interview less seriously. Usually, the environment is less formal, and you will probably be given a tour of the office, you might be introduced to potential colleagues, and in general, you might not feel the pressure of an interview.
Beware! No matter how casual your interviewer or the environment may seem, do not give in to it. Remain professional and keep that formal tone throughout. Remember, you haven’t got the job yet. So your impression still matters, it is still an interview and you are still being evaluated at every step by the interviewer.
Asking intelligent questions will give the interviewer the impression that you are knowledgeable, and serious about gaining long term employment with the company.
Here are a few questions that you can ask:
Do some thorough homework about the initiatives the company has taken on in the past 5 years and ask questions based on that. For example:
Questions like these are bound to impress the interviewer. It will show them that you have done your homework and are completely dedicated to landing this job.
If you think you have built a good enough rapport with the interviewer you can also conclude with:
Just because you are being interviewed doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be asking your own questions. In fact, you will come across as focused and keen on getting the job (in a good way, don’t worry) and it may even be the feather that tips the scale in your favor.
The second interview is where you can really sell yourself. If you try this in the first interview, it may come across as off-putting. But now you have been called back and they already want to hire you. They are just looking for you to give them a good reason.
Talk about specific techniques that you learnt in career training or in your previous job. Talk about your strengths and don’t be afraid to mention specific crises that you have handled elegantly in the past.
All interview tips (just like this one) go on and on about how to come across as professional, intelligent, confident, etc. However, in the effort to do this, people tend to put on completely different personalities altogether! Danger zone! Stay out of it.
The key is to be all those things but still be you. There really is no need to show them that you are something that you aren’t. If you get hired, you will find it hard to keep up that façade and it will begin to affect your work.
If the interviewer doesn’t like you, as sad as it may seem, that probably isn’t the job for you. In all fairness, you have to fit with the job just as much as the job needs to fit with you.
So there you have it, 5 terrific tips to help you ace that second interview! Good luck.
Ray Holder is an independent career counselor. Connect with him on Twitter @holder_ray
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