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How to Handle a Second Interview

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When you get an email or call to schedule a second interview, it's just as important to take the time to prepare for this interview as it was for your first one. That's because your second interview could be the one that gets you a job offer.

Here's how to handle a second interview including second interview tips and advice, second interview questions and answers, questions to ask the interviewer, and how to follow up after a second interview.

Second Interview Tips

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You passed the first interview with flying colors and you just got a call to schedule a second interview. What happens next? How can you use a second interview as a means to get a job offer? It's important to be aware that the company is seriously interested in you, or they wouldn't have called. You are definitely in contention for the job! Here are suggestions on how to use your second job interview to help secure an offer.

Second Interview Questions

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You may be asked some of the same questions that you were asked during your first interview. However, during a second interview, you will also be asked more specific interview questions about the job, the company, your ability to perform in the job and how your skills and abilities translate into what the company is seeking in the person they are going to hire. Here are sample second interview questions and suggestions for how to respond.

Second Interview Questions to Ask

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It's important to have questions ready to ask the interviewer and since you don't want to repeat what you asked in the first interview, have a different set of interview questions ready to ask during your second interview. Here are examples of questions to ask the employer during a second job interview.

How to Follow Up After a Second Interview

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When you have a second interview, it's a good idea to send a second thank you note or email message. In fact, it's especially important after a second interview to take the time to write a personal message to the people who interviewed you - even if you interviewed with them already and thanked them for the first interview.
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