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The fact that you have got this far tells you that there is something the company likes about you. This is a useful place to start when it comes to planning how to play a second interview. What they like about you is what you need to keep the interview focused upon. Conversely, anything that could give the company cause for second thoughts (a weak area), needs to be scrupulously avoided.
Keeping the engagement factors working
Remember that an important part of the strategy of taking control and steering applications to successful outcomes is to encourage a bond to develop between you and your prospective employer – a bond that:
Why you got on the short-list
Usually there are a few clues to why an employer decides to ask you back for a second interview. The way the discussion went at the first interview, where interest was shown in specific areas of your portfolio and what questions were asked are all useful pointers to where the focus of interest in you lies. Coupled with which, you will already have a few insights into what qualities the employer is looking for -insights gained, for example, from reading the advertisement for accounting jobs or from information passed on to you by people, such as consultants.
Getting feedback from consultants
If consultants have had a hand in putting you forward for a job, they are a very useful source of post-interview feedback. They will make it their business to contact the employer soon after first interviews to find out how you got on. If the verdict on you is favourable, the employer will usually tell the consultants what they found good about your application. This can then be passed on to you.
What distances you from the rest
Except by chance or if some selection method based on group interaction is used, it is unlikely you will ever get much insight into the calibre of the other candidates. Whether the competition you are up against is tough, feeble or somewhere in the middle is, in most cases, something you will only be able to speculate about. Given, however, that final selection decisions are often made on very fine distinctions between candidates, clearly it would be helpful to you to have some idea of where you may have an advantage over the others before your second interview.
How do you get such information?
Needless to say you cannot obtain information on other candidates, but you can make some intelligent guesses. For example, if you have been in the trade for the last 20 years, it is a safe bet that you will rate highly against the other candidates when it comes to having contacts and knowing your way round. During the second interview you can make sure:
– These facts do not go unnoticed
– You tell the interviewer how you see your trade experience as an important asset to you if you should be fortunate enough to get the job, i.e. plant the idea in their head that trade experience should rank highly on the list of selection criteria
Stan Waldorf is a career consultant in Sydney. He conducts resume workshops yearly and has helped hundreds get into accounting jobs.
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