In brief: “The interview process depends on a number of aspects.
Clearly, the process may differ from job position to job position. For example, if you are being considered for a managerial or upper managerial post, you will have to go through at least four interviews, before you are actually hired. If you are applying for a lower post, there are chances that you may be hired within the first two interview rounds.”
Your answers to the 2nd interview questions play a very critical role in the entire hiring and interviewing process.
The second job interview is mostly an interview with the head of the department in which you are going to (hopefully) work. For some job posts, the 2nd round interview is held by your teammates. Here are some tips for these questions.
2nd interview Tips
What to Expect during a Second Interview
Since the second interview is usually held by the department head, the questions and queries will differ from the first. The 2nd interview is considered an integral part of the process, focusing on your professional expertise, your qualifications, etc.
Here are the main two questions that are asked during the 2nd interview:
- Your professional past
During the interview, you will be asked to fill in more details about your professional past as well as your ambitions regarding your future. This will also be an opportunity to explain the reasons for some of the decisions in your past professional or even academic life. This is an attempt to know more about you on a professional level and also gauge the type of work and work environment which you will be comfortable with.
- Your work experience, attitude and future plans
If you have been unemployed for any amount of time, the 2nd interview will surely question you on that subject. These questions are generally meant to get an idea about your work experience, your work attitude and your future planning, where you see yourself working some ten years from now, or whether you think you may be working as a consultant or even have a desire to start your own organization.
Questions to Expect in a Second Interview
Some of the questions that can be asked in the 2nd interview are:
- Tell us more about your professional past.
- What was your first job?
- How many jobs have you had until now, and what was the frequency of your changing jobs?
- What was the particular reason for leaving each particular job?
- Have you ever had any differences with your senior or your peers? How did you manage to solve the differences? Whose point of view was finally accepted as the correct one?
- What do you consider to be your best job to date?
- With what kind of job or environment were you uncomfortable?
Once these questions are satisfactorily answered, you will be called for the third interview, which is more or less the bargaining and documentation interview. The company informs you of their intent to hire you and discusses financials.
Realize that the feedback of this interview will be shared with the Human Resources Department directly, and therefore will play a major role in determining the salary offer you will receive.