It’s a familiar situation: you’ve been interviewing for a position for weeks and you’ve finally decided on the lucky candidates who will make it through to the second interview. You re-examine their CVs and initial interview answers, only to find that you’ve already covered everything and haven’t got a scooby what to ask them in their follow-up interview.
The beauty of the second interview is that it gives you a chance to delve deeper into a potential employee’s experience and qualifications, as well as their knowledge of and interest in your company. You can begin to negotiate a salary and benefits package, which will give you a clearer view when deciding who you want to join your team.
Here at Bubble, we understand that second interviews can be slightly tricky, so we’ve come up with 5 key questions to ask at any second interview.
1) When are you able to start?
Finding out an interviewee’s current employment situation will help you get a clearer picture of their suitability for the role. If the position is urgent and they have to give six weeks notice to their current employer, you have to consider how important it is to have that person at your company.
Also, finding out this information will help you move the company along quickly and sort out your pre-employment and post-offer plans.
5 Key Questions To Ask At Any Second Interview
2) What are your salary expectations?
A second interview is a great way to cover all bases and ensure that both parties are on the same page. It would be a horrible situation if you offered the perfect candidate the job and they were expecting £10,000 more than you’re prepared to offer!
This is also an opportunity to leave no stone unturned in terms of booked holidays, travel etc so you can get a clear picture of this candidate’s employment expectations. Once you have all of this information, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision.
3) Have you got any questions?
Remember that the candidate might have a lot of questions, especially as they’ve got to this stage and are seriously considering working for your company. This is a great opportunity for them to get a real feel for the company, so make sure you answer any questions they might have in as much depth as possible.
This is also a great way to sell the role, especially if you really want this candidate to work for you.
4) Can you tell me more about your experience/qualifications?
Look back at the candidate’s answers in the first interview, and find areas that you want to learn more about, especially if they will benefit your company hugely. The whole purpose of a second interview is to get a more detailed view of particular aspects of a candidate’s career and how much they can be used at your company. If a candidate is applying for, say, a social media role, but they have alluded to having SEO skills, a second interview is a great time to explore these additional skills.
You can also use this opportunity to test a candidate’s consistency. Ask them some of the same questions from the first interview and check the answers. If they are the same then that gives you faith that the candidate is consistent and truthful.
5) What are your career goals?
Finding out a candidate’s career ambitions can help you figure out how they will fit into the company and what they will need to do to progress up the ranks.
Ambition is a good trait for a candidate to have, but make sure they won’t trample on your existing employees to make their way to the top.
So there you go, some key questions to get the most out of a candidate in a second interview.
Do you agree with these tips, or have any of your own? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs!
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