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Many companies organise multiple job interviews when interviewing candidates for vacancies.
Some companies require a candidate to go through two job interviews before they will offer employment and some also organise group job interviews too. And there are a number of reasons why employers have multiple job interview stages.

If you’ve been to an interview and have been invited back for a second one, here are a few possible reasons why:

Clarify Sections of Your Resume

If you have attended a first job interview with an employer recently then you’ll know this is an introductory stage. It’s the first time an employer will have had the opportunity to meet you face-to-face and to find out more about you as a candidate. During an initial job interview an employer will ask an array of questions based on your resume template and they will ask questions about your resume content, work experience, achievements and career goals. But, as most job interviews are only scheduled for an hour or less, the employer won’t have much opportunity to delve too deeply into your career background and to find out why you want to work for them. A second job interview can give an employer the opportunity to find out more about you and how you could fit in with their team and it allows them to be more in-depth when it comes to asking job interview questions.

Group Interviews

Some companies like to include group interviews in their job interview process and this could be a reason why you have been invited back for a second interview. Group interviews usually consist of several potential candidates working in a workshop environment. Depending on the industry, group interviews can involve practical assessments, group interviews and group assignments. The main outcome of an interview like this is to assess how you interact with other candidates and to assess your team work skills. But it’s also an opportunity for the employer to see prospective candidates in a room together – allowing the employer to assess each candidate thoroughly and to decide which one is right for the role.

Panel Interviews

During an initial job interview you’ll probably be faced with the Hiring Manager. But if you are invited back for a second interview it could be because other members of staff want to sit in on the meeting. Managing Directors, Directors and Direct Line Managers often get involved in the latter stages of the job interview process. A second interview gives senior members of staff the chance to find out about your expertise and skills and to decide whether you are the right candidate to join the team.

Ultimately, To Help Them Decide

If an employer has interviewed multiple candidates for the role and they have all demonstrated similar work experience and skills then a second interview will help the employer to make their decision and choose a candidate. Employers can find it incredibly difficult during the hiring process – if they are impressed by a few candidates and only have one position available then it can be frustrating to try and shortlist the applicant pile. But a second interview can help an employer to find out more about each candidate and it can assure them that they are making the correct hiring decision.

Second Interview Tips:

• Assess your previous job interview performance. This is vital as it can help you to assess what your strengths and weaknesses were during the interview. Look back on your job interview answers and list down some improvements you could make. Think about questions you were asked that you struggled with or areas of your resume that you didn’t discuss thoroughly. Note these down and prepare to talk about them in the next interview.

• Be punctual. Just like your first job interview, you should allow for plenty of time to get to the venue. The second interview could involve multiple candidates or multiple staff members so, even though you may have already met the Hiring Manager previously, this is the first impression many people will get of you. So ensure it’s a good one.

• Take your career portfolio. Your career portfolio can help you to demonstrate some of your successes and achievements listed on your resume and can help to demonstrate to the employer what impact you could have on their company. So whether it’s a portfolio of printed out facts and figures or an online blog you wish to showcase, ensure you take it to the interview.

• Have some questions to ask. The second interview is an opportunity for an employer to find out more about you and how you could fit in with their company but it’s also an opportunity for you to find out more about the company. What’s the career progression like within the company? Are there regular team building events? How does this job role fit in with the business? These are just a few of the questions you should be asking to ensure this is the right career move for you. Remember, job interviews are a two-way street and you need to find out (just as much as the employer does) whether this is the right job for you.

• Build rapport. The first interview can be nerve-wracking as many candidates are so focused on making a good impression and portraying their skills effectively. But the second interview is usually more relaxed and is an opportunity to build rapport with an employer – and don’t ignore that. Ensure you create conversation, talk about your previous interview, find relatable subjects on your resume that you can mention and build rapport. Doing this will help you to stand out and should hopefully improve your chances of being offered the role.


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