Sometimes employers just don’t seem to get enough of you off your first interview. Sometimes they want a second, and sometimes there are multiple interviews. This is governed by a number of factors:

  • The person who originally interviewed you does not have the authority to make a decision and needs to call in the brass
  • It may be company policy to have multiple org — hmmm Interviews
  • The interviewer wants, and needs , to show off a fine catch for the team
  • You didn’t answer a critical question to their liking They want to give you a second chance to make a first impression
  •  They need to sharpen their own interview skills
  • The interviewer is incapable of making a decision and needs some help through the process
  • They want  to fine tune different aspects of the position and ask some scary “What would you do it (something terrible) happened
  • They want to fine-tune salary negotiations etc.

Whatever the case, you have your work cut out for you, so it’s a always a good idea to remember what you said during the first interview. I often help people prepare for this by taking some time after the interview to make notes. (Sometimes you can even bring the notes to the second interview.) If you had some questions that you felt you answered poorly, be sure to make notes and research it. You never know when it will come up again.

I was caught like that once.

I was asked a question “Tell me about a time when your sense of ethics were compromised. What did you do about it and how did it turn out.”

It was too bad about that question, because I answered it by saying that I refused to breach a client’s confidentiality to a private investigator who was investigating an automobile insurance case that was going to court.

“Is that all,” one of them asked.

Later in my thank you note, I apologized for having such a lame answer (although I thought it was pretty good. In writing I told them about government wishing to check the integrity of my placements. They wanted a list of all the employers so they could phone them up and grill them about, and this is a guess, whether so and so is working there etc.

I refused to give the information as many of my clients found their own positions, and I wasn’t in the picture at all, and the person may not have identified themselves as having a disability (which all my clients at the time had.)

By giving out this information, I may have jeopardized their jobs.

That was my definition of ethics. Their definition may well have been living with it after I spilled the beans and I, automatically, would  became a witness for the prosecution.

As for this case, my decision not to disclose the list was respected by government and they had to find another yardstick to measure my integrity. And, the interviewer needs a better question to measure my sense of ethics, because I don’t have any.

The bottom line is, in the case of a second interview,  keep detailed notes on the first and try to be consistent.

Mike Broderick WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he FOUND employment for people with physical disabilities.
He remains an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at  or at 604-464-4105
If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates .
Apparently 22% of companies in the Greater Vancouver area will be hiring within the next month. Get your resumes ready.


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    Great info, Mike, esp. about ethics. In an interview with a big-box store that had a policy of immediately firing any employee who stole something. I answered, “maybe not.” and described a scenario about a mother with a sick child who stole cough syrup. I suggested they question her about why she took the item, then set up a payment plan. I was hired. Shock!

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