How do you prepare for the 2nd application round? 6 tips!

How do you prepare for the 2nd application round? 6 tips!

Survived your first interview and been invited for a second? It’s too early to claim victory though; the real work begins now! The second interview is usually the last step before being offered a contract and a phase in which you have up to a 50% chance of getting the job.

In the second interview, the company wants to get to know you better; particularly your knowledge, skills and personality. Don’t think you can fare well if you’re not prepared. You are not the only candidate for the job and you will have to work hard to make a good impression.

There are a number of things you need to do before you go to the second interview.

Research

If you did not do this sufficiently to prepare for the first interview: find out as much relevant information as possible about the company, the context in which you hope to be working and the job content. Get this information from various sources: the company website, social media, the press, acquaintances working in the company, etc.

Plan your journey to the interview

You miss your train, jump on a bus, call on the way that you’re probably going to be a bit late and eventually arrive half an hour late with your hair dishevelled and pit stains. Nobody wants that. Planning your journey well and leaving in good time is therefore essential.

Learn from your last interview

You will have obtained an impression of the company and its expectations during the first interview. Build on this and try to figure out what qualifications the company is looking for. See how well you score on these qualifications and think about how you can sell yourself in these areas.

Questions

Carefully consider a number of questions you want to ask the interviewer. Asking questions is not only aimed at obtaining information from the company; it also shows that you are enthusiastic, intelligent and ambitious. Ask specific questions about the job, the development opportunities and the corporate culture.

Answers

Try to think in advance what questions the interviewer might ask and make sure you have the perfect answers to them. Why are you interested in working for this company? What challenges are you looking for in this role? What can you contribute to this company? What are your career goals? What are your salary expectations? These are typical questions interviewers can ask.

After the interview

After the interview, it is a good idea to send the interviewer an email thanking him or her for the chance to affirm your interest in the job and emphasise all your skills and qualifications.

A second interview requires a lot of work, but thorough and professional preparation will substantially increase your chances of being offered a contract.