Post # 1
I was recently offered a job (yay!), but the week after my second interview, everyone kept saying the same thing, “Oh, you got a second interview, that means you’ve got the job.”
I did not share their confidence, but everyone kept on saying it! And they kept saying how they’ve never had a second interview and NOT gotten the job.
Are second interviews really only given to the top candidate?
Post # 3
I’ve only had one second interview and I happened to get it. It’s my current employment. I heard the same thing when I told people about having to go back again. Best of luck to you!
Post # 4
I picked never having a 2nd interview and other…. and now I’m not remembering what in my pea brain made me pick other. So just wanted to write and let you know, whoops! Don’t expect any explanation for one of the “other” votes.
Post # 5
I think most of the time they second interview a few people, congrats!!!! 🙂
Post # 6
I’ll speak to the other side of the fence – typically when I give second interviews, it’s usually to a subset of the people who were called in for the initial interview. Sort of like “We’ve narrowed it down to you and X” and then the second interview is more in depth and involves more people to see which, of the subset would be a better fit.
I’ve also done second interviews to reaffirm my decision and the person who got the second interview was indeed hired.
All in all, a second interview is a pretty positive sign. Congrats!
Post # 7
I have been on 6-8 second interviews where I didn’t get the job. Some of these interviews went really well, some not so much. Ironically, the interviews that I thought went the best, I didn’t get the job.
Post # 8
My opinion is that you don’t have the job until they offer it to you! When you are asked to come in for a second interview the employer may be asking other people back for second interviews as well.
I just accepted a new job in December. For that job I had a first interview, an interview with the head of the practice (physician) and then was asked to do shadowing as well which was another interview.
Post # 9
@souliganprincess: I agree with you. With my previous job I was given a second interview and then I did get the job. Once I began interviewing people, we would do a broad first interview for several people in a couple days, and then the people who stood out to us would be given the opportunity to come in for a second interview. Overall, I’d say it’s a good sign usually!
Post # 10
It means its narrowed down to you and just a few other people.
When I was job searing before my current job, I had 3 second interviews and didn’t get any of the 3 jobs. I was really beating myself up wondering what I did wrong, it was a tough pill to swallow being so close and for whatever reason, losing it 🙁
Post # 10
I think it’S a good sign that you are still being considered but not a sure offer. I even had a 3rd interview and didn’t get the job despite being assured by a family friend working for the same company that you only get invited to the 3rd interview when they want o hire you. Basically, they didn’t reject me but at the end of the 3rd interview told me I should reapply in 3 months (I was still in school but they knew that from the beginning). However, after how they strung me along I didn’t ever reapply.
Post # 11
Just to clarify, I did get the job already 😀
I’ve always assumed second interviews were for a smaller pool of candidates, but sooooo many people told me that every second interview they’ve had, they got the job! It seemed odd to me. 🙂
Post # 12
I’ve actually never even had a first interview, all the jobs I’ve had they’ve hired me on the spot!
Post # 13
I think it totally depends on the hiring culture of the employer. For example, at my office we generally only interview 2-3 people in the first round (we have an extensive pre-interview process and my boss hates interviewing, so he only likes to do a couple). At your first interview, you interview with the boss and with a colleague. Once we decide who we like best, we ask that ONE person to come back for a second interview with the director of my division. Because of this, the second interview is yours to fail and is really more about your poise and personality than your skills (that has already been determined). I don’t think our director has ever rejected someone at this point.
HOWEVER, one of my friends is currently interviewing for a really high level position in the Senate. They must have interviewed a ton of candidates during the first round, because at her second interview they told her that the THIRD round (which is with the Senator) would have 2-3 people. Talk about a nail biter! In that case, a second interview just means you made it through the “you are qualified, you are not weird and antisocial” screen.
Post # 14
Good for you! I just had a 3rd interview! It went well, and they called me yesterday, because they want to make me an offer! Yay!!
Post # 15
I’ve never had a second interview…
@creativeplannertobee: and Congrats to you too!