Congratulations! You've been invited back for a second job interview.
The good news is most of your competition has been eliminated. The bad news is you'll be competing against the top 2 or 3 candidates.
Only one of you will get an offer.
The second interview is where most job seekers let their guard down. They assume--unfortunately for them--that the company must like them a whole lot to go through all the trouble of inviting them back one more time.
The pressure is off. Your ego kicks in.
Surely this will be a meet-and-greet affair along with the perfunctory paperwork--and the offer is sure to follow.
The cigar is out of the box and you're looking for your lighter.
Put the cigar back in the box. We still have a lot of work to do.
Regardless of your excitement level, you must go into your next interview with your best game-face on.
Prepare just like you did for your first job interview.
Most likely you will meet with your future boss again. But usually in a second job interview, you will also meet at least one or two key decision makers above the level of your future boss. They could be directors, VPs, general managers, or other executives.
A common interview mistake is assuming the second job interview is going to be more laid back or a piece of cake.
Often just the opposite happens.
From the company's perspective, a second job interview is another chance to meet with you to confirm you're...The One.
Sometimes executives and higher ups play the role of bad cop to make sure their manager hires the right person. Expect to be asked tough:
Special Tip: Ask the company for the names and titles of all those who will be interviewing you. Look up their profiles on LinkedIn and the company website to get as much intelligence about them as possible. Maybe one of these managers wrote a recent article, gave a speech, or was interviewed by the press. This knowledge could give you keen insights into their burning issues, pet peeves, and personality type. This awareness will not only boost your self-confidence, it will also allow you to share your specific strengths and accomplishments that speak to his/her issues. Talk about scoring Brownie points.
Also, don't be afraid to ask the hiring manager or HR manager for a little background about some of these people and if he/she has any advice for you going into your interviews.
Amazingly, by simply asking, you often will get valuable nuggets of information, including their interviewing styles and even a couple of their favorite questions.
It never hurts to ask.
If this manager really wants to hire you, s/he will want you to do well in your remaining interviews.
I remember one time a manager told me that his boss liked to ask this silly interview question: If you were an object, what would that be?
After we both got a hearty laugh out of that off-the-wall question, we discussed what this director probably wanted to hear.