Callback interviews are different than first-round exploratory interviews. In my latest job search advice piece for Work Reimagined, I explain what these differences are and share strategies so that you can get through those late-stage interviews:
When you get called back after a first-round job interview, you are rightfully thrilled. Yes, a callback is a win, and it should increase your confidence. However, there will be more interviews — for some companies, many more interviews. Furthermore, late-stage interviews are evaluated differently. How can you ensure that you perform well in the next interview rounds? Here, the three ways late-stage job interviews differ from the first round with advice on how to nail them.
Your strengths and weaknesses are more exposed. Something you said in your first round convinced the prospective employer to pass you along. So remember what you were asked, how you responded and what seemed to resonate. Highlight these strengths going forward. At the same time, the company knows more about you now, including potential drawbacks to your candidacy. Anticipate that any weaknesses will be probed and plan your response. Don’t just promise to learn a missing skill on the job; have a comparable skill to offer and know the company and its competitive set already. A lingering negative assumption about experienced workers is that they are not as quick to learn and adapt. Don’t give a prospective employer any reason to believe you haven’t been learning and adapting to their industry.
Read additional tips in my latest piece for Work Reimagined: Are You Ready For That Call-Back Interview.