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How to make a great impression in your second interview

Jan. 18, 2017

By TEKsystems

If you’ve been invited to a second or third interview, congratulations! You’re in serious competition for the role. Seize your chance to impress the hiring manager with these tips from Ellece, an expert direct placement recruiter in Detroit.

What can I expect in a second or third interview? What kind of questions should I ask?

If you’ve already met the hiring manager, you’re likely to meet other team members on your next interview. Sometimes that means a brief visit with the boss’s boss or other higher-ups, but often you’ll meet the peers you’ll be working with daily—and what they think of you counts. Be friendly and take their questions seriously. They may be scrutinizing your technical know-how more closely than the hiring manager, who often focuses on culture fit and soft skills.

Also, this is your chance to evaluate how you feel about the company, culture, team and projects. It’s a good time to ask the hiring manager about a career path, but the trick is to not sound like you’re uninterested in the job at hand. You can ask, “As I grow my skills, how can I continue to contribute to the long-term goals of the company?    

Save any benefits and compensation questions for after an offer has been made.

[Read: Common mistakes to avoid in your next IT interview]

How can I make a great impression during a follow-up interview?

By a second or third interview, you should know enough about the job and company to understand how you’d fit in. One of the best ways to demonstrate that you’d be ready to contribute right away is to prep an outline for what actions you’d take in your first 30, 60 and 90 days.

Do I need to send a thank-you note after every interview?

Yes! People assume once they get to third step, that’s a formality, but it’s not. My candidates sometimes call me the “thank-you note stalker,” but I know from experience that thank-you notes demonstrate a candidate’s professionalism, and that can make the difference between getting an offer or not.

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How many interviews can I expect before getting an offer?

This really depends on the hiring manager, company and seniority of the role. You can ask about the timeline and next steps on a follow-up interview. It helps to view an extended interview process as a chance to really understand whether you’d enjoy and be able to grow in a role. 

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