It’s always good news when you get an email or a call to invite you to a job interview. It’s even better news when you get contacted to come back for a second interview.

For most employers, initial interviews are designed to screen out candidates. Job offers are generally made after a successful second, or follow-up, interview. Of course, your ability to land second interviews is determined by how effectively you perform in your first interview.

What can you do to boost your chances of getting a call back? There are specific strategies you can use before, during or after your interview to help improve your chances of moving on in the screening process.

Scoring that second interview takes more than just going through the motions of showing up for your interview. You have to really show up, too: meaning you’ll have to engage and think critically about how you can stand out from your competitors.

How to Get Invited for a Second Interview