Second Interview Questions and Answers

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You’ve made it through your first interview, and you have been invited to a second-round interview. What will you be asked during a second interview? Some of the interview questions may be the same as the questions you were asked at the first interview, but others will be very different.

During a second interview, you will also be asked more specific interview questions about the job, the company, your ability to perform in the job, and how your skills and abilities translate into what the company is seeking in the person they are going to hire.


What challenges are you looking for in a position?

Some people are quite passive in their job, and would prefer routine, whereas others need a bit of a challenge, something to shake up their day.  you can use personal examples of challenges you have been given in the past, or you can choose this way to answer. “I understand that challenges are part and parcel of the job requirement that I am aiming for. I am actually looking for jobs that would challenge me on a professional basis, so that I can enhance my skills and abilities in order to add more value to the product or service that the company is offering to its clients. “


Why do you want this job?

This is an excellent opportunity for you to show off what you know about the company. You can talk all day about how excited you are about joining the team, but nothing will trump actually knowing a thing or two about the place you’re interviewing with. So, to prepare, spend some time honing in on what you know about the company and select a few key factors to incorporate into your pitch for why you’re a good fit.


Why are you the best person for the job?

There are many ways you can answer this question. The first way is to explain how your personality or personal traits make you an ideal candidate. For example, you might explain that you are particularly motivated, or that you are known for going above and beyond for your employers.

A second way to answer is to emphasize your unique skills. If you have skills that make you a strong candidate (especially if not many people have those skills), mention these. No matter how you answer, be sure to emphasize what makes you unique. You want to show the employer how you stand out among the other applicants.


What applicable experience do you have?

Interviewers want to hear more detail about what you did for past organizations, not just where you worked and the duration of employment, so try to think of anecdotes and examples of contributions you made.

The best way to respond is to describe your responsibilities in detail and to connect them to the job you are interviewing for. Tie your responsibilities in with those listed in the job description for the new position. That way, the employer will see that you have the qualifications necessary to do the job. Focus most on your responsibilities that are directly related to the new job’s requirements.


Why are you interested in working for this company?

The key to answering this question well is being specific. If you can give the same answer to another company, then you’re clearly not being detailed enough. In other words, your answer should be unique to each place you interview with—no general statements about “working with talented people” or “global impact.”

If you want to go the culture route, talk about the precise aspects of it that you like. Don’t just touch on how driven everyone seems; instead, mention how you thrive in an environment that focuses on goals and that the team’s tradition of setting weekly goals instead of annual goals is appealing. Or, if you like how the company shakes things up every once in a while, go a step further and talk about the company-wide hack day. This is the perfect chance to show off that you actually did some research.


What do you know about Our company?

Why do hiring managers ask this?

The primary reason is they want to make sure you did some research before applying. They don’t want someone who’s applying without even looking.
Next, they want to see how much research and preparation you’ve done for this interview. So if you really want to impress them, be ready to get specific with a couple facts you read about their company while preparing for the interview.


Why should we hire you?

You need to tell the interviewer that you’re the right person for the job because you know what they want and need. You know that because you cared enough to do the research.
You also cared enough to match your skill set and experiences to what you found in the job offer. You noticed that your skill set was something they would find useful and valuable. That’s why you applied for the job.
You’ve put care and effort into your job search. You are the right person for the job. Now, it’s time to communicate that in a clear and confident way.


What are your salary requirements?

But when faced with this question in an interview, a seemingly straightforward answer becomes so much more complex. Not only do you have to weigh up what you’d like to be earning and your lifestyle expenses, but also your skills, experience, location and industry.

And to top it all off, you then have to play a game of tactics with your prospective employer to make sure you’re shooting for a fair wage.

When the job posting states that you must give your salary requirements, or when the interviewer asks you directly, what are you supposed to say? “I’m sorry but I don’t want to answer that question” will probably not go down very well! The key to answering is to be honest but to give as much scope as possible.

There are two things to keep in mind here:

  1. There is probably a salary that is too low for you. Only you know what that is, but there’s no point wasting time if this particular job doesn’t meet your income needs.
  2. On the other hand, you don’t want to just tell the interviewer something like “well, I must make at least $40,000.” The company may have a budget to pay $50,000 or higher, but your answer might result in them offering you $45,000, meaning you just cheated yourself out of the extra $5k.

So what can you do to ensure that you state your minimum salary requirements without limiting the potential upside. My recommendation is to provide a range, rather than a set figure, but also to express a willingness to be flexible.

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