Just like how companies that use specialized entry level job boards to find the right candidate, a multi-tiered interview process is also seen as a cost-saver. However, for fresh graduate job applicants, it can be a bewildering, exhausting, proposition to interview several times. The key is to understand what both parties can get from the process and make it mutually beneficial.
You’ve Made the Cut, Now What?
One of the first things that employers will do when they ask you to come back for another job interview, is to schedule more time for you to get to know people in the company. The fact that you made it through a telephone screening or Skype interview means you have the technical skills for the job. They ask you back when they are confident you can get the job, if you fit into the corporate culture.
Polish Up Your People Skills
Second job interviews often test your people skills. Thus, the second job interview is about how well you can interact with others and impress them that you are someone they would like to work with during their day. You may have to answer technical questions from those in technical fields and more general, brain-picking questions, from those in upper management. Prepare for both.
Your Opportunity to Find Out More
In the meantime, you can use the time scheduled to find out more about the day-to-day expectations and the company’s culture. Sniff out inconsistencies in stories by asking the same question to multiple people. For instance, if you ask “Why is this job vacant” to a direct supervisor for that position, they will always sugarcoat it. If you ask a peer, they will usually tell you the truth.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.