You’ve made it past the first round of interviews - congrats! But...now what? What can you expect going forward? Let’s hear from our hiring experts as they weigh in on what employers are looking for and how to prepare for interview round two and beyond.
What To Expect
Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, shares “Second and third-round interviews, generally, are with senior-level employees, although sometimes they also include individuals who will be your peers. Hiring managers sometimes want the opinion of employees who would work with you to ensure you’re the right fit for the team. Usually, the final interview is with a senior-level employee who has the final say on the hire. The questions vary - most companies have interview guides that all interviewers should use but not all interviewers use them. They'll ask you about yourself, your skills, your employment history, how you work with others, etc. Be sure to be well informed on the company and role and be prepared to go into detail about why you’re a great candidate for the job.” More from Kate
Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., says, “As you get further and further through the interview process, the interviewer is trying to get to know you on a deeper level. In most cases, the first interview is to see if you are qualified for the role. The second interview is where you can show what makes you stand out in a sea of qualified candidates. In many instances, the third interview is with someone at a senior level. Be prepared with new questions to ask at each round, and always make sure you are able to explain why you want the position to each new interviewer you speak with.” More from Natesa
Merron, Hiring Expert at DuPont, shares, “Interview processes may vary from organization to organization and can even vary between hiring groups with a particular organization. Typically, I see second or third interviews include a meet-and-greet with other members of the team that you'll be hired into. I would suggest that if you are invited for a second or third interview, don't be afraid to ask what you can expect during that interview. Asking questions shows that you're engaged, you seek understanding, and you're wanting to set yourself up for success by preparing in any way you can.” More from Merron
Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, says, “As you move through the interview process to second and third interviews, you are likely to run into case-style interview questions. For the most part, employers are looking for skills you may have to resolve issues and better serve customers or business partners. From what I've seen, employers are also using these interviews to look at a candidate’s people skills or ‘soft skills.’” More from Eddie
Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, shares three common mistakes that candidates make during second and third-round interviews. He warns against, “In no particular order:
1. Not being prepared - do your research on the position, on the company, the industry, etc.
2. Coming off as arrogant vs. confident - be confident, but also humble and show you are eager to learn new things.
3. Not being yourself - don't try to be what you think the interviewers want you to be, just be yourself. If you can't be yourself through the interview process, you likely won’t be able to be yourself working there. If it's not a good fit, it's not a good fit. Better to find out in the interview vs. your first week on the job.” More from Tom
The hiring process varies for each employer. As you move through the hiring process, remember it’s ok to ask what you can expect at each round of interviews. No matter the company, we suggest that you always be prepared, and always be yourself! With those two things in mind, you’re well on your way to being happily hired.