You knocked it out of the park in your first interview, didn’t you? All that research you did to check out the best IT companies in Chennai, rehearsing your answers in front of the mirror, and, of course, staying calm and confident paid off. You’ve really impressed your interviewer and you’ve made it to the second round of interviews. This is going to be a make-or-break. You already know they’re serious about you so all that stands between you and that offer letter is this second interview.
This is the time to pull out the big guns. The second interview is usually when you need deeper preparation in terms of your own abilities as well as the company you’re applying to. Luckily, we want you to succeed as much as you do. That’s why we’ve got you a list of tips that will help you nail your second interview and get the job. Let’s take a look.
Cover the Basics
By now, you’re probably familiar with the routine that all interviews follow. But that’s not an excuse to skip them before the second interview. So, don’t forget to complete all your preparation. Find out who is going to be conducting your interview, do your research, practice your answers, think about filling in any gaps from your first interview, make sure you’re well dressed and ask any questions that you might have.
Sticking to the patterns you followed during your first interview is fine (especially since it clearly worked), but you might now have the advantage of having met your interviewer already. So, try and maintain a good rapport.
Whether it’s because you have a new interviewer or because they are looking for more details, you need to be prepared for some of the same questions that you had to answer in your original interview. If your second interview is to take place in stages with different people across the company, you might even have to repeat your answers several times. So, make sure you have some variations prepared for these basic questions.
They don’t need to be exactly the same or sound like you’ve learned them by rote, but they should definitely highlight your skills and the qualifications that make you the right candidate for the job.
Prepare for Group Interactions
The second interview is often a chance to see how well you work in a team and if you’ll fit into the company’s culture. You might be asked to participate in group discussions, case studies, or networking opportunities. How you act during these group situations can have a huge impact on your selection.
Demonstrate your leadership skills, but don’t be overbearing. Try to include others in the discussion, listen actively while they speak, and remain courteous even if you’re disagreeing. Running others down or taking over the conversation will not help you get the job, especially if teamwork is a large part of the role you’re applying for.
The kind of questions you ask your interviewers is what will set you apart from all the other aspirants. Your questions should not only reflect your genuine interest in the organization, but also in the person interviewing you. Including a personal element by asking them what they most enjoy about their role can help you build a rapport that you can keep up in your follow-up communication.
Other thoughtful questions like asking about the company’s future, any projects they’re currently involved in, or the biggest challenge they’re facing can also demonstrate how well you understand the role you’re applying for.
If you’re interviewing in one of the new-age startups in Chennai, you might think a follow-up isn’t that important, but it can actually be a make-or-break factor after your interview. This doesn’t need to be a long or complicated email either. Simply reach out to your interviewers, thanking them for their time and expressing your interest in the job. If you want to personalize your follow-up even further, you could include a reference to something that came up during your interview to show that you’re willing to go the extra mile.
And that’s all, with these tips you’re definitely going to be nailing your second interview and impressing your interviewers. Now all that’s left is to take a deep breath, prepare well and put these tips into practice. You’ve got this! Visit The Tech Diary again to read more awesome content.