Knowing what to expect in a second interview can be difficult to determine and preparing for it and understanding what could be asked during this crucial meeting can be hard to determine.

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

Firstly, it can be beneficial to find out or ask who you are having the interview with. This can allow you to complete some prior research through social media and to understand their role and position in 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 the first, you will likely be told prior to the interview the format so that you can prepare accordingly.

There are various formats within financial services. There may be a secondary one to one (either formal or informal), a panel interview and assessment 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 when an interview is described as informal, it is still an interview and your abilities and fit for the job are still being assessed.

Thirdly, what and how 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 worth preparing is further examples of your capabilities of completing core tasks required in the role. It’s worth explaining how your ability to complete tasks or overcome obstacles will be beneficial in the job.  You can find examples 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 whether you’re the right fit for the company and the culture. Be honest when answering and find out for yourself also whether the company is a fit for you.

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