Last updated on November 30th, 2018 at 06:18 pm

Job applicant looks nervous in his interview, playing with a ballpen in his hands. He wears a brown shirt and glasses. He has a gentle mustache.

You have successfully passed the initial screening interview, you have overcome the first hurdle. Great!

Now they have invited you for the interview in the company–your 2nd test. Perhaps you are just one little step from signing a new job contract with them…

But how does the second interview differ from the first one? What questions  will they ask you? And how to make a good impression on the recruiting managers?

We will try to find the answers on the following lines…


Second, or final interview?

In many cases, second interview will be also the final interview in the company. At the end of the entire session (when they finished interviewing the last applicant), they will decide who gets the job.

If you apply for a management role, however, or for a highly technical position, second interview will typically be just another step in the hiring process. Even when you do extremely well, will still have to pass the final interview (meeting with the decision maker), or even go through the assessment center.

In the article, however, we will focus on the second interview, and the most common questions you will deal with in this meeting. Let’s go!


Behavioral interviewing

Three people talk in an interview. One woman and two man. One of the man is the job applicant.We know that you meet the basic job requirements. We know that you have good communication skills, and would not do badly in your new job.

All these questions have been already answered, in the screening stage of hiring process…

In the second interview with you, we try to understand how you would act in various work related situations, how would you handle them.

Your answers to behavioral questions help us to understand your attitude to work, to your colleagues, and to all kinds of things that happen on the workplace. You can expect to get some of the following questions:

  • Describe a situation when you were under pressure in work.
  • Describe a conflict you had with your colleague.
  • Describe a situation when you went above and beyond with your service (for the customer, for the colleague)
  • Describe a situation when you reached a goal and tell us how you achieved it.
  • Describe a time when you had to deal with an angry or upset client (customer).
  • Describe a situation when you did not agree with the opinion (or decision) of your superior or supervisor, and knew that they were wrong. How did you handle that?
  • Describe a time when you struggled with motivation in job (it was repetitive, you did not enjoy your duties, there was no work to do, etc). How did you overcome the crisis?
  • Describe a time when you struggled to communicate something to your boss, colleague, or to a customer. How did you manage to get your message over?
  • Describe a difficult decision you had to make in your professional career. How did making this decision affect you?
  • Describe the biggest failure of your professional career, and how you overcame the failure.
  • Describe a time when you struggled to build a relationship with someone important. How did you eventually overcome that?
  • Describe a situation when you were unable to meet your goals in work.
  • Describe your latest project (task). Which problems did you face when trying to realize it?
  • Describe a time when you have effectively resolved another person’s request. What was the situation and what kinds of information did you gather to help assist in resolving their request?
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to explain something fairly complex to a frustrated client. How did you handle this delicate situation?


Duo of hiring managers talks to a job applicant. The second interview takes places in a school environment.Technical questions

Your answers to behavioral questions tell us a lot about you: how you approach your work, your colleagues, how you would act in various work related situations.

But they do not tell us much about your readiness for a particular job, especially for a technical aspect of it–whether you can cook (if you apply for a job in a restaurant) whether you can design websites (if you apply for a web designer position), whether you can actually manage people, design a marketing campaign, etc.

Only your answers to technical questions (both theoretical and practical) will tell us something more about your readiness for the job–whether you can really do it.

As you can probably guess, these questions vary from one position to another. If you want to see questions that are specific for your position, navigate to this section of our website, choose your job field and a position you apply for.


Great answers to behavioral questions

Behavioral questions represent the most difficult part of job interviews. If you struggle with the answers to these questions, have a look at our Interview Success Package.

Brilliant answers to 15 most common behavioral interview questions, and many other things that will help you to ace your interview, will guarantee that you get rid of stress, and deliver your very best on the big day.

Thank you fort checking it out, we wish you good luck in your 2nd interview. – Your best job interview coach since 2011.

Matthew Chulaw

Matthew Chulaw

Matthew has been working in international recruitment since 2008. He helps job seekers from all walks of life to pursue their career goals, and to prepare for their interviews. He is the founder of website.
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