Continuing our series on job interviews, this podcast focuses on what happens when you made a good impression in the first round and get asked back for a second interview.
We’ll study how to demonstrate that we are a good match with an organization. In addition, we’ll review some other useful second round interview skills, such as summarizing the previous discussion and referring to something you forgot to mention earlier.
We’ll listen to Sherry’s second interview with a big international accounting firm, Grimshaw and Keene (commonly referred to as GK.) The interviewer is George Tan, an Asia-Pacific key account manager.
As you listen, pay attention to how George and Sherry establish that she is a good fit for the organization, and try to answer the following listening questions.
1) George describes GK as both “high-pressure” and “tremendously rewarding,” but he is concerned about whether or not Sherry is ready to “take the plunge.” What does he mean by that?
Plunge literally means “to dive into (water).” To take the plunge is an idiom that refers to bravely entering a new situation. George is concerned about whether or not Sherry is prepared mentally and emotionally “to dive into” GK’s high-pressure work environment.
Sherry says she is most attracted to GKâ€™s “work culture.”
Sherry is interviewing for a management trainee position. If offered the job, she will have significant direct customer contact. George is thus concerned about Sherry’s “client-facing” experience, that is, what kind of skills and experience she can “bring to the table” or offer the company in terms of direct face-to-face interaction with customers.