The Second Interview or Site Visit
If you have been successful in the screening interview then you will be invited for a second interview. This interview will always occur at the regional office. Here are some things that you should keep in mind when preparing for the second interview:
Prior to the Interview:
- Clarify travel arrangements prior to your visit. Some organizations will repay tickets or provide you with a travel advance. Confirm your hotel reservation, rental car etc.
- Ask your contact at the company for an agenda for the day.
- Obtain a map of the area if you are not familiar with it.
- Travel light, if you are taking a plan, take carry-on luggage. Get a nice piece of luggage so you don't walk on the plane with a duffle bag.
- Do your homework on the organization. See section on "Knowing the Organization."
- If possible, contact an alumna/us who works in the organization and who would be available to talk to you.
- Know the salary range for this type of position. Information is available in Career Services, and/or talk with people in the field (e.g. alumni).
- Bring extra copies of your resume, and either a briefcase or professional looking portfolio in which to carry materials (bring paper and pen).
- Get a good night's sleep before the interview.
During the On-Site Interview:
- Site interviews are typically several hours long. You will meet at least three to five individuals, during the day or several people may interview you at once.
- Keep receipts for all expenses incurred, including taxis, tolls, parking, meals, etc.
- If lunch is part of the agenda, it is advisable to decline alcoholic beverages and order something easy to eat.
- Remember, almost everyone you meet (including secretaries) will be involved in the evaluation process.
- Above all, appear alert and enthusiastic! Ask questions to show your interest. Say that you want the job.
- Make notes of people's names, and titles, and important points. Request business cards.
- Before leaving, clarify the next step in the process. State your interest in the position.
- If you have the opportunity, explore the area during your visit. Pick up local newspapers and publications to get a feel for the community.
Final Tips for After the On-Site Interview:
- Write thank you notes to your host and, if it seems appropriate, to others who interviewed you.
- If you do not hear from the organization within the previously specified time, call and ask about the status of your candidacy. Talk with your host-the person who arranged the interview.
- If you receive an offer in writing, respond immediately! If you need a little time, express your interest and indicate a date at which you will inform them of your decision. Most companies will have some flexibility in waiting but don't expect more than two weeks.
- Complete and return your expense report. Reimbursement can take 4-6 weeks.