It is quite normal to be on ‘cloud-9’ once you have cleared an interview, but the interviewing process is not yet complete.
Many employers require a second or a third round of interviews before they finally select an ideal candidate.
You may feel apprehensive, as this round is the toughest. Remind yourself that you did pass the first interview, and your chances of passing the rest are good. Use your time wisely, preparing yourself for more questions, and try to think calming thoughts, and engage in some relaxing activities. In between, keep rehearsing responses! And do your best to get a good night’s sleep the night before the interview.
After reading this article, you may be interested in reading the article: The Second Job Interview preparation tips .
The 2nd Round Interview
Questions & Tips
What are second round interview questions?
You have impressed the interviewer and garnered his interest in considering you for the job profile being offered. You have played your cards well in the first round; you must prove you mettle in the 2nd round.
Thus, most often, the second round interview questions require an interviewee to elaborate on his experience and expertise and describe how he can add value to the organization by utilizing his abilities in the specific job profile.
These questions require an individual to demonstrate his skills and experience with respect to the job under consideration.
1. Case studies – A classic case
Some of the typical second round questions may be in the form of case studies as well.
Remember, the second round of interview is usually conducted by higher echelons of the organization; they tend to bounce off case studies to judge your decision-making capabilities whilst in high pressure times. Such case studies may be exceptionally long and demanding and thus, may require substantial amount of time and involvement as well as concentration.
2. Different types of interviews
You may be requested to go through different types of questions in a form of a panel interview or group interviews.
Also, for example, the interviewers may decide to probe how tolerant you really are to stressful situations asking unusual questions or behavioral questions – how do you handle work related situations.
Some interviewers tend to bounce off negative questions such as: “You are over-qualified for the job. Do you think you will consider the work demeaning?”
The ideal way to answer such a question is to firstly, thank the interviewer for considering your candidature in high regards. This way you will ease a bit and buy some time. Later, you may choose to elaborate on the fact that working in the organization and getting involved in the kind of products/services the organization is into would actually be a stepping stone for you in the career graph and thus, not at all unbecoming.
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3. Second Round Interview Preparation and Quick Tips
1. Relax and cherish the fact that you are a ‘shortlisted candidate’.
2. Be well prepared in your subject matter.
3. Be yourself and do not panic.