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If you want to conduct successful second job interviews cover these three bases

by , 14 May 2014
So you've had the first round of job interviews and you've narrowed it down to a few candidates. But now you have to do follow-up (or second) interviews. These interviews will be the deciding factor in who gets the job. This means you need to cover all of your bases.

If you don't, those second interviews may not give you any more clarity. After all, in the first round of interviews, you won't have discussed things like salary, growth in the company or certain policies with your candidates.

This is why you can use the follow up interview for these more technical discussions. This is your chance to get down to the nitty-gritty parts of the interview process.

To help you do that, here's what you need to cover in when you conduct a round of second interviews.

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What you should cover in a follow-up interview

In a follow-up interview, you must:
1. Don't do salary negotiations but do find out what the candidate wants. This is very important as part of a second interview. Just because you want a candidate, doesn't mean you can afford him. The Practical Guide to Human Resources for Managers says you should make sure you're offering market related salaries. 
2. Growth in the company is something you should touch on too. If you feel a job candidate wants to grow faster than this position will allow him to, he's probably not the right fit.
3. You should look at certain points you may include in the contract of employment. Discuss if the candidate may have any big issues with conditions like unpaid overtime, or compulsory business travel. If the candidate has issues with any of these things, he's not going to be happy in your company.
These three points are vital to the success of your second interview. But how should you go about conducting it?
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And we've included the 12 others that will protect you as an employer. 

Tips for conducting a follow-up interview

When it comes to asking second round interview questions you need to be;
- Brief;
- Specific; and 
- Honest.
If you've asked the candidate for a second interview they already know you're interested. This means there's no point in beating around the bush.
A big difference between first interview and second interviews is the tone. In the first, you learn about the candidate, so you'll be relaxed. The second is about the technical aspects, so you'll be more formal and brief.
Cover these bases while using these tips and your second interview will help you pinpoint the perfect candidate. 

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