Interviewing the Second Time Around

As a recruiter for Hyatt’s College Programs, I have the opportunity to meet talented students across the nation.  It is very likely that a student may interview with me as a sophomore or junior for an internship and then a year or so later interview with me again as a graduating senior for a spot in our Corporate Management Training Program.

I was recently asked by a student in this exact situation for advice on how to handle interviewing with our company for a second time.   Recognizing that other students may also be challenged with this same experience, here’s a few suggestions on how to be even more successful when interviewing with a company the second time around.

Prepare and move forward.

Perhaps you were not selected or were offered an opportunity with the company and choose not to accept the offer. Regardless of the circumstance, it’s important that mentally you accept the outcome of the previous interview and now focus on preparing for the next one.  Consider any feedback you were given on the process last time around, and use the suggestions to move forward and better prepare yourself to sit down with the recruiter again.

Stay positive.

It’s essential that you go into the interview with a positive mind frame and maintain that positivity throughout the interview process.  Even if you’re interviewing with a different representative of the company, assume that they’ve discussed with their colleague, who you interviewed with previously, the outcome and their reflections of your prior interview.   Recognize there is a possibility that the recruiter will refer or make mention of your previous interview.  You’ll be less caught off guard if you’ve prepared yourself with solid explanations or examples.

Emphasize your growth.

If you were the one who turned down the company’s prior offer and now you’re interested again in a role with the organization, your focus should be on what’s different. Why are you more interested in the current role and view it as more attractive, interesting, appealing (insert adjective) than the one you turned down the last time around?  Recognize that in this situation, the recruiter is going to be listening for assurances that if you receive an offer, this time you will accept.

If you were rejected or not advanced in the selection process the last time around, you really want to emphasize your growth.  Offer details and examples of the internships, leadership roles, achievements, and highlight the overall efforts you’ve made to become even more competitive and prepared for the new role.

Overall recognize that you have an advantage over the other candidates because to a certain extent you know what to expect.  If you use that comfort level and the suggestions I’ve offered above, you’ll be more than successful the second time around.


Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers.  Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country.  A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee.  During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.  To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at

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