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Second Interview Questions

Second Interview Questions
Visiting an organization for a second interview is a good sign, and means that you have a real possibility of getting the job. Here are some questions that you must be prepared, both to be asked and yourself ask.
Rahul Thadani
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017

Interview Tips
  1. Good previous night's sleep.
  2. Prepare well.
  3. Research about the company.
  4. Be confident.
  5. Ask about the next step forward.
  6. End by thanking the interviewer/panel.

If you have been called for a second interview by a potential employer, you are one step closer to securing the job. There are many common questions that you will be asked in round two, and they are not very different from those that might be asked in the first round. The primary difference will be that, this time, you will be interviewed by someone at a position of higher authority than the person who interviewed you earlier.
Second interview questions take the normal course of events, and involve queries about your professional abilities, personal life, and long term goals and ambitions. These must be answered with some tact and diplomacy, and you must always try and highlight your strengths. It is best not to lie about anything, and to be totally upfront and honest about things.
What Employers Ask Candidates
  • What can you tell us about yourself?
  • What is your experience in this particular field?
  • What made you leave your previous job?
  • Do you think you have what it is to be successful?
  • What do you know about this particular organization?
  • Why do you want to join our organization?
  • Have you applied for jobs anywhere else?
  • Do you know somebody in this organization?
  • Can you function effectively in a team?
  • How long do you see yourself working for us?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What is your attitude and philosophy towards work?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is your dream job?
  • What do you look for in a job?
  • Is money more important to you than the quality of the work?
  • Can you perform well under pressure?
  • Are you willing to work overtime?
  • Where would you prefer to relocate if you were offered this job?
  • What lessons have the mistakes on your last job taught you?
  • If you were the employer here, what qualities would you look for?
  • Do you think you have the right qualifications for this job?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
  • If hired, in how much time can you join our organization?


What Candidates Should Ask Employers
  • What are the main qualities you are looking for in a person for this job?
  • What is the style of management of this company?
  • What is the company's annual turnover?
  • How many employees does this organization have?
  • What is the biggest challenge someone would face starting out at this position?
  • Do your employees have creative freedom, or are all processes set to be followed as is?
  • Do you have any outstanding employee recognition programs?
  • What is the hierarchy chart of this company?
  • Is there any dress code or other rules that need to be followed?
  • What is the best quality of this company?
  • Should I provide you with any additional references?
  • What would the next step be in your hiring process?
  • When can I expect a decision from your side?
  • If I get shortlisted, when would you ideally like me to start work?

These are the most common questions you'll be asked in a 2nd interview, and those that you need to ask to. It is very important for you to be calm and composed during an interview. The second round is very likely to be an in-depth and detailed round, because this is where the interviewers are truly testing you to see if you are a good fit for the job and the organization. They want to judge you better and take an informed decision whether to recruit you or not. Even you need to ask questions about the nature of work, the kind of expectations that you will be performing under, the timings you will have to adhere to, etc. While answering and questioning, you must not come across as overly aggressive or pushy, and at the same time, you must not appear uncooperative.