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You’ve been called back for a second round and now is your chance to secure your dream job, so don’t blow it. See our workingmums.co.uk tips on how to impress your prospective employer.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to be offered a second job interview, you must grab it with both hands but be aware that you may meet a totally new interviewer from the first round and be faced with a new set of questions.
What to expect:
Careers expert Linda Whittern, a director from Careers Partnership UK, says that quite often the second interview is with the person you’ll actually be working for or a senior manager. The first interview may well have been with the Human Resources department or a recruitment consultant. So the first thing to note is to expect the interviewer and therefore their style to be different. If they are going to be working directly with you or are indeed going to be your boss, part of the assessment will naturally be about whether they feel you are compatible with the other personalities in the team and whether they feel they can get along with you too.
Linda says: “It may be used to ‘rank’ you against one or more other candidates who’ve also got to the second interview stage. (Are you deemed so good you should be first in line for the job or should you be kept as the reserve candidate?” Linda adds that if it’s the line manager who is conducting the second interview, they may well not have been formally trained in how to interview candidates. If this is the case, Linda says it’ll be even more important than in the first interview to find ways of diplomatically steering the conversation to show why you’re the one that should be chosen for the job.
It’s also essential to make sure you know what the interview or day is going to entail and make sure you ask in advance whether you need to prepare anything. You may well be presented with a psychometric test or work-based assessment so be prepared for this and find out how long the interview and testing will take. If you’ve got children then expect the day to take longer then said, in case you are asked to attend some team drinks for example – it would be a shame if you miss out on this opportunity because you have to rush home to deal with the childcare.
Often you’re asked if you have any questions. If you’ve got some up your sleeve you will appear more organised but remember to be genuine. Linda suggests showcasing your enthusiasm. “Suggest what you think the main short term and medium term challenges of the job might be and ask how they see them,’’ she says. ‘’Show you’ve thought about your medium-term future with the company as well – for example could you tell me more about your mentoring scheme and how it helps people at my level to improve their performance and help them to progress? Obviously if there’s any uncertainty about terms and conditions you’ll need to clear this up too.”