(Closed) 2nd interview = got the job?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Have you ever had a second interview but NOT gotten the job?
    Every time I've had a second interview, I've gotten the job, regardless of how the interview went : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Every time I've had a second interview, I've rocked it and gotten the job : (11 votes)
    19 %
    I've bombed a second interview and still gotten the job : (0 votes)
    I've bombed a second interview and NOT gotten the job : (5 votes)
    8 %
    I've rocked a second interview and still not gotten the job : (28 votes)
    47 %
    I've never had a second interview : (10 votes)
    17 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    3012 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2006

    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
    1486 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think most of the time they second interview a few people, congrats!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 6
    500 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    1523 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    1488 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @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
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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 ๐Ÿ™

    Post # 10
    2889 posts
    Sugar bee

    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 # 12
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve actually never even had a first interview, all the jobs I’ve had they’ve hired me on the spot!

    Post # 13
    1820 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    7693 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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!!

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