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TOP TIPSHow to handle a second interview

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Second interviews can be daunting you may have cleared the first hurdle, but now it is time to discuss your suitability for the role in detail.

The good news is that you have impressed the panel that saw you first, and you are a front runner. The bad news is that you are now up against the best of the candidates, and you need to work hard to differentiate yourself and make sure that you stand out.

So it’s time to focus your mind, put on your best suit and return to the fray. Here are some top tips to help you get that job.

  • Analyse your first interview. It’s likely that any areas which you discussed will be under more intense scrutiny. Over-preparation never lost anyone a management post, so assess the key skills and areas of expertise the authority is looking for, and be sure that you can give plenty of examples which demonstrate your eminent suitability for
    the role.

  • Be aware of your weaker spots. If there are areas that you feel you score less highly on, it’s essential to prepare a response to questions intended to probe you on this area. Think laterally if there is an apparent skills gap, perhaps you can show you have transferable skills from a different role. Don’t let the panel put you on the back foot.

  • Focus your energy. Avoid simply rehashing what you covered the first time. Be ready to give new examples from your CV which are pertinent to this role. Think clearly about what this authority needs, and why you are the person to fill this role, rather than allowing yourself to switch to automatic pilot and dwell too much on the detail of your existing post.

  • Try to relax. The stakes are high, but you have also proved yourself thus far. The panel wants to know more about you, what makes you tick and how you will approach your senior management role. You need to listen and absorb as well as project a professional, impressive image.

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