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Interview Tips - How to Make a Second Interview a Success

You have made a good impression with the employer in the first interview. So, in the second one, how can you continue your success?

As for employers, the second interview is the chance they can get closer to the candidates and assess the qualification and professional ability of the candidate more carefully. They want to see if you may be suitable to the job or get on well with the other employees in the company.

Normally, the employers will offer many candidates chances to participate together in a second interview. Therefore, you have to work harder to win over other candidates. To make the employers believe you are most suitable to the job, you should focus on proving your qualification and experience. More specifically, you need to give specific references to your qualification and ability to adapt to new environment.

Who will you meet?

In the first interview, you may meet one or two interviewers. But in this, you will have chance to meet more people. They are managers, colleagues and some other employees. Maybe you will have chance to talk privately with someone, too, and almost of them will ask you the similar questions. Try to answer consistently but also ensure that each answer is interesting to the employers in its own way.

If possible, you should find out about the people you will meet in the company before the interview, and then if you have chance, ask them some question showing that you have known about them. If you are in a panel interview, remember to look at the current interview, and when answering, look around at the whole panel.


If things go well, when the interview is ended, you will be chosen to get the job. However, you should make a polite response to this offer. On the contrary, if you are made any offer, don't forget to say thanks to all the people you have talked.

Some companies give decisions immediately, but some others take weeks to select out the most suitable candidate. Be patient and ready to receive information from the employer.

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Career Research: Do You Turn to Tech to be More Productive?

If the answer to that question is yes, then this video from is for you. The Journal has reviewed 40 productivity apps, and put together a nice video. Skip forward to about 1:30, where they start to discuss what makes a good app and how to match an app to your work & life style. 


Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP): A Great Story

Today we found this wonderful video from the Department of Veterans Affairs YouTube Channel. It tells a great story about how the VRAP program works for real people. Take a look:


Career Networking: Ignore at Your Own Peril!

We love networking. We stress it's importance to all of our clients. Sometimes that message is received loud and clear, other times we wonder if people will follow through on their good intentions. But we always make the case for strong and consistent networking efforts for all of our military to civilian career changers. You just don't know how you'll find your next job, and a personal recommendation or bit of insider knowledge can be all that separates you from your next great career.

Okay, we've stated our point. But today we're going to share one of those made-for-our-blog news stories. This one is from the New York Times. The headline that caught our attention was, "In Hiring, a Friend in Need Is a Prospect, Indeed," and the entire article stresses the importance that having a friend, in other words a network, is in today's hiring process. Enjoy the article!


Career Transition Options: Higher Education without the Classroom?

Many military to civilian career changers consider attending a college upon leaving the military. And why not, the unemployment and salary figures all support this as a generally good idea for finding a satisfying, well-paid career. Of course it takes time to complete a degree and money also. What's more, many students (adults in particular) with a LOT of life experiences and true knowledge (veterans, this must ring a bell) show up in class and think, "I know all of this."

Well now, if that's what you think, you have the chance to prove it at the University of Wisconsin. Here is what has happened: Wisconsin is now offering Bachelor's Degrees to students who can prove competency. How do you prove competency? A series of online tests! Wisconsin calls it the UW Flexible Option, and we call it a big opportunity for transitioning veterans.

Find out more at the article and the Wisconsin site.

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