Second interview questions


You have made it to the second interview, standing close to the finish line. But still it is too early to celebrate the victory. We gave you some second interview tips in another article. In this article we will focus on particular interview questions you can get once being interviewed for a second time in the same company.

The second interview questions we will list here are specific for the second job interview. This article does not cover the topic of general tough interview questions you usually get in the first job interview, or during the phone interview. These are described in another article on this website. So, let’s start directly with tough second interview questions:

Second interview questions and guy does not know what to answer 1. “This job can be very routine, repetitive daily work. Are you fine with that?”

In the second interview, employers try to show you also the “dark side” of your daily job. Doing so they try to discover your true level of motivation. Questions like the above mentioned one are very common in the second interview.

Answer 1. Most importantly, do not use short answer while answering these type of questions. For example: “It’s fine for me”. That’s not the right way to get a job at this moment.

When looking for the right answer, think about your previous experience and try to find the experience you can compare to this new occupation. For example:

I’ve been doing repetitive work for 3 years at UPC and I really liked that. One becomes very good in tasks he does regularly. I like that feeling of doing the same things better every day.


2. “What do you think play the key role on success in this business?”

This is the second interview question directors and owners really like to ask in the second interview. They try to find out if you understand the basic laws of particular business the company is involved in. I know it is not easy one to answer, but exactly this areas are often targeted with the second interview questions.

Answer 2. The right answer clearly depends on what is important in that business and country where the interview is taken. If you are from Russia or Norther Africa or CEE, right connections play the key role on success. If you are in China, price may be the answer. And if you are in the US, or some developed countries in Europe, communication could be the right answer. Anyway, think about it and be prepared for this second interview question.


3. “How would you handle the situation when…?”

In the second interview, directors and managers of your potential employer are focused mostly on practical situations. They will ask you questions about various situations that can happen in your daily job. You can expect these kind of second interview questions in every 2nd interview you undertake.

Second interview is not easyAnswer 3. When thinking about the right answer, always think about VITO’s priorities. VITO’s (Very important top officer) always has the profit of the company as his first priority. Growth, customer satisfaction and effectiveness stand also high in his list of priorities.

But definitely profit of the company is his first priority. That’s why always think like this when trying to find the right answer to such a question:

What should I do in that situation, so it will lead (directly or indirectly) to higher profits of the company, higher customer satisfaction and constant growth of the business?

Find that solution and present it in your answer. If you show the same priorities like VITO has, VITO will love you as his future employee.


4. “When are you able to start?”

If the second interview goes well, directors will always come to this question. For them every day is important and they do not like to waste time with someone who is not sure and unable to decide what to do.

Answer 4. While answering this query in an interview, you definitely should not speak about other offers you have got and other interviews you are going to nail.

But if it is a case and there is another important interview in front of you, ask for 7 days time to think about the offer. Do not ask for longer time period. Once you ask for more time, you have already lost it. VITO does not want people who are not sure what to do.  If you want this job, be ready to sign the contract immediately!

I am ready right now, can we sign the contract?,

That’s the language VITO likes.


5. “Tell me something about your previous working experiences.”

So, shaking hands, you've done it!Answer 5. Your answer to this second interview question should differ to your answer to the same question in the first interview. Well, recruiters are interested in what you have done before.

But VITOs are interested only in what you have achieved before, in areas related to the position you are just applying for. Speak only to the point – speak about your achievements in areas related to the job you are just applying for. That’s all they want to hear in the second interview. That’s what can easily make you a winner.


These were some of the most common questions used in 2nd interview.

If you want to be prepared even better for your second interview, do not forget to check our second interview tips. Or, have a look at general Job interview tips.