When you get that call, announcing that “they like you, they really like you” and want you to come back in for a second interview, there is initial excitement. There should be. You’ve done well in the first stages. But what comes next is much more important. At this point, some nerves may be settling in. That’s good. Nerves kick start your brain and body into action, making sure you’re prepared. Remember, you haven’t scored just yet.
Follow these six simple steps to have the best chance of being welcomed into a new job with open arms.
1. Have confidence
Round one was all about making what’s on paper come to life. They were looking for abilities, intelligence, and fit to pop from your resume. They saw potential. Carry that with you. Not with arrogance, but remember what you’ve earned: a real opportunity.
2. Make a plan
No one makes it Facebook official after meeting just once. This second interview is more specific. It’s about filling in the details about you both professionally and personally. Write down what you remember from round one: your strongest answer, your weakest answer, and any line of questioning to which they paid specific attention. What is your strongest quality? Apply that to the areas the interviewer was targeting and how it could benefit the company.
3. Be specific
In writing, there’s one overall rule: show, don’t tell. This also applies to the interview process. These people don’t really know you, so why would they take your word that you have great leadership skills? By providing specific examples of times you have demonstrated this skill (including the outcome), you can paint them a picture in living colour.
4. Show your colours
It’s not all business. Part of the interview process is assessing how you would fit into the company culture. If you’re trying to hide your quirky nature, you’ll come across nervous and uncomfortable. The interviewer may hesitate to welcome you aboard, knowing he or she will be working with you. Use this opportunity to show a genuine picture of who you are.
5. Say thank you
You know this one. Sending even a quick thank-you email is a way to not only show polite gratitude for the interviewer’s time, but it’s another chance to make a good impression. It needs to be clear, concise, and free of errors. If you had any point of connection with the interviewer (are you both reading the same book?), include that. Mention your continued interest in the position; this is a two-way street and they need to know you’re still “all in”.
6. Get ready for number three
Now that you know the steps, you’ll be that much better at repeating them for any subsequent meetings and interviews. They may bring you in to meet other people. The same rules apply for round three. Start with confidence and let the rest follow.