7 tips for acing the second interview

hire me It’s a big relief when that job interview is over. But if you did well during the interview, the relief doesn’t last long. Because soon you’ll be contacted to schedule a second job interview. Even though this is a good thing, the nerves start all over again.  Follow these seven tips to help you ace the second interview and inch one step closer to a job offer.

Find out the agenda ahead of time. The one thing that all second interviews have in common is that they’re so different from each other. Some companies conduct panel interviews. Other companies have you meet with multiple people individually. Sometimes the interviews last all day while others take an hour or two. When the person contacts you to schedule an interview, it’s appropriate to ask about the itinerary – who you’ll be meeting with, the interview format and the length of the time you’re expected to be there.

Research. Learn everything about the company. Review what you already know and dig deeper to discover new information. Search the company’s name on Google, Twitter and Facebook to find out most recent news. Check out the company’s LinkedIn profile.

Review questions and answers. Even though you may be meeting with new people, you may be asked questions similar to your first interview. Review your answers but also be prepared for new detailed questions. Additionally, if meeting with multiple people individually, you may be asked the same questions throughout the second interview. Be patient and answer consistently. Remember the person asking you at that moment is hearing your answer for the first time.

Ask questions. The second interview is your opportunity to further clarify the position and what role you would be playing. Target your questions to your interviewers: Potential coworkers can’t answer the same questions as a supervisor.

Dress professionally. Unless you’re told ahead of time not to, plan to dress professionally for a second interview. If the interviewer mentions that professional dress is not required, plan to dress in business casual attire, which means no jeans, t-shirts or sneakers.

Don’t forget items you forgot the first time. If there was something important you failed to mention during the first interview, or a point you made that you want to reiterate, you may get a chance to do so in the second interview. Review your notes from the first interview and prepare an answer that clarifies the idea you wanted to share.

Send a thank you note. Within 24 to 48 hours send a thank you email to every person who interviews you. Include in the note specific items that you discussed with that particular person so that your email seems sincere and personable.


7 things you must do after attending EmployUP

EmployUP16 photoDid you attend last week’s EmployUP? Did you talk to recruiters about job opportunities? Did you give your resume to any employers?

If you answered yes to these questions you still have some work to do. Attending EmployUP is the first step in your job search. Follow these seven steps to increase your chances of being contacted for a job interview.

Send a thank you note. Thank you emails can make or break a job offer. Ideally your thank you note was sent to employers within 48 hours after the event. But it’s not too late. Your note should thank the recruiter for the conversation and reiterate your interest in their company and employment opportunities. Reference a specific conversation topic to refresh their memory of talking with you. If you didn’t get a business card from employers, check EmploymeNC, the Career Services online job board. Companies who attended EmployUP likely have their contact information listed here.

Contact companies you didn’t speak to at EmployUP. It’s also not too late to reach out to companies of interest that you didn’t speak with at the event. Check out the Career Services EmployUP Pinterest Board to find the list of companies that attended. Find the company in EmploymeNC and follow up.

Do as employers instructed. If employers asked you to forward additional information or requested that you complete an online application, get this task done as soon as possible.

Don’t panic. Employers attend many career fairs, collect lots of resumes and receive a huge volume of emails. It’s understandable that you’re anxious, but give employers time to evaluate the candidates. If recruiters mentioned a date you could anticipate hearing from them, wait until a few days past the date and politely reach out to inquire the status of your application.

Be persistent, but not pushy. There is a fine line between reiterating your interest in the job opportunity and harassing the recruiter. A recruiter may likely reject a candidate who sends multiple emails and phone calls, especially if the recruiter has indicated a hiring timeline.

Review your job search strategy. If you attended EmployUP, sent thank you notes and follow-up correspondence and still have not heard from employers, schedule an appointment with a career counselor. While it’s likely that you just need to allow more time for your job search, it can’t hurt to review your resume, job searching strategy and networking skills for areas of improvement.

Use other job search resources. A career fair is just one of many ways to learn about job opportunities. Continue using other options (networking, social media, online job boards) to increase your job search success.