7 Essential Second Interview Tips

These second interview tips can help you clinch a job you've already interviewed for once. Job hunting is so stressful that one interview is enough, but a second interview can help you figure out if you really want the job. In a second interview, you are as much the interviewer as the person who is talking to you about the job. This advice can give you a better shot at getting hired:

1. Confirm Details
When you receive your call for the second interview, you need to have as many details as you can about the upcoming meeting. Try not to end the call until you have been told whom you will meet with, their job titles, where, what time and whether a meal is involved. If there are travel arrangements, find out about reimbursement or who is making your travel arrangements. Ask for the e-mail address of the person who is arranging the interview so you can confirm everything via e-mail.

Once you have the details in place, confirm the details via e-mail. Then you have a written record of the plan. If anything is inaccurate or changes, you can be reached easily. If the company has trouble getting the information, it may be a sign of disorganization. Remember, once you land that second interview, you need to learn as much about the company as you can to find out if it is a good fit.

2. Appearance
If you had the first interview in person, do not wear the same outfit to your second interview. Dress professionally, but differently. You don't want to give the impression that you only have one professional outfit. That said, do not make dramatic changes, either. Try to wear your hair the same way as before, or similar. You want to be recognizable if it's been a while in between interviews. Try to dress at the level of professionalism exhibited by the person who will be your supervisor.

3. What To Bring
Since you will probably be meeting several different people in several different departments, bring five or more copies of your resume in a professional-looking portfolio, briefcase or folder. Do not offer them unless asked, but have them ready to show that you are thinking ahead. If you have business cards, bring those, too.  If asked, bring letters of reference or contact information for your references.

4. Be On Time Or Early
Regardless of whether your interview begins on schedule, showing up promptly puts you in a good light. Do not arrive more than 15 minutes early, and do not arrive late. Punctuality is valued highly in business, and the interview is the first chance to show your reliability.

5. Be Prepared
Be sure that you have taken the time to review notes from the first interview, learn about who is going to meet with you for the second interview, get a sense of what these people are looking for in terms of qualities and qualifications and plan to be able to speak about why you are the right candidate for this position. Do additional research about the company so you can ask intelligent questions and show an interest in the specifics of the company and the position.

6. Interview Them, Too
Just as the interviewers are deciding whether you are right for their company, you are also deciding if you wish to work for them. Get a good sense of the supervision, working environment and who your coworkers would be. Even if you decide it's not for you, complete the interview in a professional manner.

7. Follow Up With A Thank-You Note
Always send a thank-you note afterward. You may use e-mail if you wish. Mention all of the names of people who interviewed you, refer to some points in the discussion and (if you want the position) remind them why you feel ideally suited to this post. Alternatively, you can reiterate your interest. If you feel you are not interested, you can professionally say so and thank them for the time they took to meet with you.

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