This is partly due to the fact that you may feel closer to landing the job and therefore the stakes are raised, but also because the interviewer will look to challenge you, perhaps put pressure on you, all in a bid to see how you cope.

They will have identified some weaknesses they saw in the first stage and ask you further questions in that area, perhaps even tell you why it is that they are not sure about hiring you.

This is to gauge how you react, how you respond and whether or not you can show them that you really want this job.

You may also be asked to prepare something beforehand or present to a panel. For example, in a marketing role, you may be asked to present a campaign plan.

You will need to show that you have a strong understanding of the business, operational goals and how the department you hope to be working with fits into it.

If you can show that you understand the business and show how you will fit in and add value you will go a long way to showing them that you are the person for the job.

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