Post # 1
I know it depends on the job/organization but I’d appreciate any suggestions. 🙂
I’m going for my second interview tomorrow for an internal position at the head office of my firm (a financial institution) for a business development consultant position – I’m so pumped!
For my first interview with the manager, I talked about my main strengths:
*there are few people with as much intensive “field experience” using the tools this department coaches people on using than I do
*I have a ton of product knowledge because my current job is related to this role and super specialized
*I helped bring in LOTS of money in my 2 years in my current job, which indicates success in using the aforementioned tools that I’d need to teach people about
*I brought in a bunch of new ideas for tools that could be helpful, as well as ideas for a semi-monthly newsletter that they release
My second interview is with the VP of business development. Besides telling her about myself, my experience, and the stuff I talk about in my last interview, what else should I prepare? I’m ready to answer questions like:
Tell me about yourself.
Why do you want this job?
What are your key strengths/weaknesses?
Tell me about a time you made a mistake and how you handled it.
Any advice? 😀
Post # 4
@ChicFoodist: I had a second interview last week, so I might be able to help! It was with a more senior member of staff, and she asked me these questions: “Tell me about yourself”, “If you weren’t doing this career, what would you be doing?” (tough one!), “Are you happy in (city)?”, “What do you think of our organisation / what surprised you about our organisation when you visited last time?”, “Why do you want this job?”.
I’m supposed to be hearing about the job this week 🙂
Post # 5
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@ChicFoodist: Have you researched her a lot? Found out exactly what she does on a day-to-day basis, and what her background is? I find that’s always helpful in job interviews.
Also, have you memorized the details of the job description? You want to be able to back up every single responsibility/requirement with some details on how your experience is relevant. Beyond wow-ing them on a personal level, in the second interview you want them to leave the room convinced that not only are you a great employee, but you’re the perfect match for this particular position. Specifics are always good – a lot of people struggle with providing specifics and actual experiences when asked interview questions. Before a job interview I read through my resume several times and jot down a list of all of the major projects I’ve worked on to refresh my memory.
Post # 6
@DarlingClementine: Thanks for your advice and good luck!!! 😀
@Mrs. Wallaby: Thanks for your advice! 🙂 I’ve researched her but either her name is too common (possible) or her internet history is just super clean. Can’t find anything about her interests besides the fact that she used to be in the women’s advisory group but no longer is I’m going to print off a list of my accomplishments (which I made when I asked for a raise last month) and link them to the job description. 🙂
Post # 7
@Mrs. Wallaby: +1
make sure you have prepared questions to ask this VP at the end. It shows that you have done your research. even if you cant find specifics on her, at least know some on the company. you seem pretty well prepared, and are ready to sell yourself as to why you are perfect for the job what you would contribute to it.. also keep in mind, what would the job do for you? what would you get out of it? and be able to explain that briefly.
good luck !!!! Breathe, and be confident
Post # 8
During the second interview for my current job, they asked me more situational questions aka hypothetical questions. Like “How would you handle….” and they gave a very specific situation. I was interviewing for a supervisory position and they asked me how I would handle dealing with employees that were constantly late or how I would deal with supervising people who are older than me.
Post # 9
@mckey430: & @TLDR: Thank you for the tips! 🙂
Post # 10
In my company, a second interview is usually with the senior project manager who would become your supervisor – they want to make sure you know your stuff and are a good fit, personality-wise.
The second interview is a good sign they liked you the first time around, but of course not a guarentee. 🙂
I don’t know, it sounds like you’ll do fine!