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Asked by Yogita on May 4, 2016

I'm going for a second interview in one of the Big 4 companies. What type of questions should I expect? Will it be different from the first interview? If I'm not wrong, there will be one of the partners in the second interview?

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on May 6, 2016

In general, the second interview will be a little more intense than the first one.  The reason for this is that the interviewers like what they heard from you in the first interview and want to dig deeper into your skills and abilities.  It is often the case in second round that you will be speaking with new people who did not participate in the first round.  This could be people such as the supervisor of the hiring manager, or a technical expert in your field.  The format will likely be the same, but be prepared to provide more in depth responses.  At a high level, the questions in your first interview focused on the who, what, and where.  In the second interview, they will focus more on the how and why.  Also, the higher the level of employee you speak with, the questions will likely be less specific your experiences, and more about you as a person and how you fit with the culture of the company and the expectations of their leaders.

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Answered by Max, Hiring Expert at ADP, on May 6, 2016

Congrats on making it to the second round of interviews! If you do well, I wouldn't be surprised if you have even more interviews. The second round usually indicates that not only did you do well enough to "pass" the first round, but also that you will most likely be interviewing with decision makers.  In a well established organization, the interview platform should be consistent. So you should expect some of the same types of questions, but be prepared to go more in depth. Typically in the first round interview, we are looking for someone who is an organizational fit. Now that you are in the smaller pool of second round interviews, we are looking for who is the best fit for the job at hand. So keep that in mind when you are responding to their questions. Good luck! 

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Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on May 9, 2016

Hi!

Congrats on Round 2!  It's always fun and exciting to be called back for another interview.

To be honest (and maybe I shouldn't be answering this question) - I don't know what you could expect.  At our offices, when we often call candidates back for a second round interview, it might include other steps or processes.  For example, there could possibly be more interviews, a case study, panel interview, or assessment test/center.  

Do you have a recruiter or coordinator you've spoken to that's helping you with logistics?  I'd recommend asking them what to expect.  The last thing you want to do is be blind-sided with an expectation that the team had that wasn't properly communicated to you.  (I know a company that requests original poems for second round candidates).   If you haven't received a schedule, you could (and should) request names of individuals you will interview with.  Back when I interviewed with my current company, I researched my interviewers ahead of time, and found commonalities with several of them.  That way, when I came in to interview, we might talk about our interests, past companies, or other things to help break the ice before we dove into business.  

Long and short of it - if you received a schedule of interviews only, then that's what you could expect.  Otherwise, make sure to do some digging ahead of time to save yourself in the event a surprise comes up.  

Good luck!

Mike 

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Answered by Rachael, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on May 19, 2016

Congratulations on the second interview! This means you are considered a possible choice for the role. Second interviews vary with each company, but it is much more in depth and you can expect to be interviewed by key members including Vice Presidents, Directors, Senior Managers, and even possibly future fellow teammates. Since some of the people you will be meeting are new, you can expect to be asked some of the same questions and more. It is highly recommended to conduct research on company, such as recent initiatives, but also review and understand job description, or other expected responsibilities. You should also review notes from your first interview. In addition, if you already know the interviewers, I suggest looking them up on LinkedIn to get a better understanding of their background as well. Finally, be ready to pinpoint examples from past experience and articulate why you are the best fit for the role.

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