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Ace the Second Interview...and the Third
At many organizations the next step after a successful interview is more interviews. You should always be prepared to go back to the company for an encore.
Some companies start with a phone screening and then move to face-to-face interaction. Other companies start with an HR behavioral interview and then move on to an interview with the manager you'd be reporting to, then invite you in for testing. Still others require several interviews with several members of the team you'll be working with. It's perfectly all right to ask during your first interview what to expect, but often the process will change depending on the level of job you're looking for and the number of candidates the company is considering.
Second interviews (and any interviews beyond that) should be treated with as much professionalism as the first meeting. At this point you know they're interested, but you have a few more runs around the bend before reaching that finish line. A huge mistake job seekers make is thinking the second interview is just a formality. You don't have the job yet. Follow these tips to make sure you're in top form 'til the very, very end:
Tory Johnson is the CEO of Women For Hire and the Workplace Contributor on ABC's Good Morning America. Connect with her at www.womenforhire.com.
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