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What to expect at a second interview

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: Graduate jobs

The selection process for a graduate job can often involve several rounds of interviews and this can be in addition to a day spent in an assessment.

If you feel that you have answered every conceivable question at your first interview and pitched every detail on your CV, it can be difficult to imagine what a second or third interview will entail. Below is a brief overview of the types of things you can expect to encounter on additional interview rounds.

More in-depth questions

You may have already outlined your suitability for a job in your first interview and a second interview gives employers the opportunity to dig a little deeper. They may ask you questions that are designed to test how well you can maintain your composure or question your personal hopes and ambitions for the future. These can include some of the questions below:

  • Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation and tell me how you coped?
  • Give an example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
  • Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you needed to prioritise your tasks.
  • Have you ever had to deal with another colleague who did not personally like you and how did you overcome this?
  • Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish and failed.

A larger interview panel

You may have met less senior members of a team at your first interview and you may encounter leading players within an organisation in a second interview. They may ask you how you would respond to different scenarios in the corporate world and how you see yourself fitting into the company.

An opportunity to discuss the requirements of the role

A second interview may give you more time to ask about the day to day requirements of the role, the company’s work ethic and opportunities for promotion and advancement. It is also an opportunity for you to get a better feel for a company and to decide if you are right for the role before a job offer is on the table.

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