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Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

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The Second Interview

What can you expect at a second interview? What’s different between a first and second job interview? How should you prepare?

Typically a first interview acts as a screening process where the interviewer checks to see that you have the skills needed to do the job, while the second interview also focuses on whether you fit the corporate culture and if they would enjoy working with you.

Expect to meet a different person at the second interview. The first interview may be done by an HR person while the second may be done by your future boss. Each interviewer has a different agenda, so prepare accordingly.

Be prepared for a hiring managers that does not work from a list of prepared questions. Interviewers with unscripted questions are often looking for personality traits rather than specific experience and skills.

Listen to the interviewer carefully since employers will often drop clues about what is important to them in a new hire. For example, if they ask lots of questions on your IT skills then this is likely a key requirement of the job and you want to stress your skills in that area. You can also uncover clues by asking questions such as, "Can you tell me more about the challenges you’re facing within the dpeartment?". Then tailor your answers to address their priorities.

Stress those things that make you a superior candidate. It is not enough to simply show you can do the job, you also want them to know what you can do that other candidates can’t, otherwise you will seem as a capable but very average candidate.

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