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Wondering why you haven’t gotten the second interview?

It’s always exciting when you send a resume and you receive a call from the company to come in for an interview.  The first interview is usually the most intimidating and you’ll have many options to consider as you prepare.  You’ll have to decide what to wear, which resume to bring, what route to take, etc…  Each decision may feel like it will make or break your interview.  Sometimes your best planning goes awry when your carefully chosen route is blocked by a car accident, or you have a wardrobe malfunction as you get out of the car, or your phone goes off in the middle of the interview.  However if misfortune doesn’t strike and you still are not called for a second interview, you may begin to wonder what to do.  The following are a few suggestions that will help you stand out in your interview, and hopefully win your way into a second!

1. Learn as much as you can about the company. This sends the message to the interviewer that you care more about the fit of the company then you do about getting a quick paycheck. 

2. Show the interviewer that you are interested in the position.  Focus on the skills and experience that you have to contribute.  Ask questions that show you are listening and enthusiastic about what the position entails.  Use your body language to show your interest in the position.  Bored looks, poor posture, or murmured responses may give the impression that you have no interest in the position.  A less qualified candidate who shows excitement for the position, is more likely to send the message that they will be glad to come to work there.

3. Tell the person interviewing you that you are interested in the position. It is important to end your interview by expressing that you want the position, why you feel qualified to take on the role, and then inquiring what the next step in their hiring process will be. Doing this shows initiative and displays good communication skills.

4. Follow up with the interviewer. Usually between 24 and 48 hours, post interview, you will want to send a thank you note or e-mail to the interviewer. If it seems the hiring process will go quickly, an e-mail may be the best way to follow up.  If you have the time to mail a thank you card, it is a great way to add a personal touch and show extra effort.  Keep the note professional and express yourself clearly.