Knowing what to expect in a secondinterview can be difficult to determine and preparing forit and understanding what could be asked during this crucial meeting canbe hard to determine.

We’ve collated some simple steps for youto consider before the interview to help you prepare as thoroughly as possible.

Firstly, it can bebeneficial to find out or ask who you are having the interview with. This canallow you to complete some prior research through socialmedia and to understand their role and positionin the company. This will remove any surprises and help to ease nerves during the interview and perhaps provide the basis for topics of conversations.

Secondly, what is the format of the interview?

The second may not be the same as thefirst, you will likely be told prior to the interview the format so that youcan prepare accordingly.

There are various formats within financial services. There maybe a secondary one to one (either formal or informal), a panel interview andassessment or competency interview.

In an interview format, it’s important to make eye contact with everyone in the room, even if they aren’t the ones asking the questions.

It’s important to remember that even whenan interview is described as informal, it is still an interview and yourabilities and fit for the job are still being assessed.

Thirdly, what andhow do you prepare?

Knowing beforehand who is interviewing you can help you prepare or understand the potential objectives of the interview.

One of the main components worthpreparing is further examples of your capabilities of completing core tasksrequired in the role. It’s worth explaining how your ability to complete tasksor overcome obstacles will be beneficial in the job.  You can findexamples on how to prepare for competency questions here:

Your enthusiasm and interest in the role are also being assessed, the company wants to hire someone who is motivated to complete various responsibilities and perform well. Also, your future and how long you are likely to stay with the company will be considered. If you are interested and do want the job, make sure you show this and it is obvious to your recruiters.

In your last interview, were there any aspects you felt you could have expanded on or perhaps didn’t explain properly. Prepare and practice further details on any questions in the first interview that may come up again, if the second interview is the deciding factor then there may be some reservations from the first.

Finally, your interviewer is probably deciding whetheryou’re the right fit for the company and the culture. Be honest when answeringand find out for yourself also whether the company is a fit for you.

Going over some of the points above and finding out as muchas you can prior to the interview is a great way to help you prepare acoherent, confident response and ultimately convince the recruiters to hireyou.