You’ve looked over his résumé, you’ve done a short phone interview and you’ve conducted your first serious hiring interview with him.
You like what you see so far and you want to bring him back for a second interview. It’s an important position and you want this to be a smart hire.
An interesting scenario may present itself in this second interview.
Both of you are likely to be more comfortable with each other and your applicant may “let his guard down.”
He may feel his chances of getting the job are greatly improved and may come in willing to be more informal, more open with you. He may even dress more casually for the second interview.
With the nervous jitters from the first interview gone, or at least significantly reduced, your applicant may answer your second interview questions more candidly.
A few examples:
“How do you see yourself fitting in here?”
“What would it take for you to be very happy working here?”
“Do you see yourself working here in one year? Five years?”
“Is this job a stepping stone for another job that you envision down the road?”
And of course there are quite a few other questions, many that are covered in previous tips, that can be asked in this second interview.
You may even re-ask a question or two that the first interview addressed, but you felt the answers were a bit rehearsed. The environment of the second interview may give you a new insight to those questions.
All in all, the second interview (and successive ones) can be VERY helpful. In some cases, the person in front of you is a different person than the one you met in the first interview. They are more comfortable, more “themselves” and more capable of helping you make the right decision.
I’d like to give a “hat tip” to David Jensen, whose book The Naked Interview was helpful in putting this tip together.
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