Interviews are designed to examine your credentials as a viable job candidate. At the executive level, this process takes on an even greater urgency and priority, as you’ll be expected to be ready for action once on the job, and be able to fit into the company’s culture and management. Preparation therefore is key. Follow these seven steps to ace you executive job interview.
How to Ace Your Executive Job Interview in 7 Ways
1. Anticipate questions to be asked To prepare for your interview, you should expect a certain type of questioning for the position. Take the time to consider what likely questions will be and prepare quality responses to answer them. You should be prepared to answer questions such as:
- What are your strengths? (You should respond by highlighting the strengths the company needs to address its current challenges.)
- How would you describe your management style?
- Why should we hire you? (Reply by explaining how your strengths align with the firm’s requirements).
- How much money are you looking for? (A prudent tip is to quote third-party research and answer with a figure in that range.)
2. Prepare yourself with data and specific details At the executive level you also need to have a keen understanding of what is going on within the industry that the company operates within. A strong candidate must be able to discuss commerce trends and major events and unique challenges that the company has faced. Be prepared with facts, figures, and more than general insight into industry themes and topics. 3. Customise how you describe your achievements Typically, the characteristics that the company seeks in an executive will be conveyed in the job notice. If these have indeed been made available, lining up one’s past experiences and abilities to those specifications and addressing the points one-by-one is essential. It is recommended to have knowing five to ten success stories from your career that are applicable to the job you’re applying for. [field name=iframe] 4. Excellent body language Body language and personality expression in an interview are vital. It is important to recognize that employers generally do not hire the most skilled or best educated candidate; rather, employers hire the candidate who has the best personality and “team fit.” Therefore, a firm handshake, appropriate eye contact, a genuine smile, appropriate laughter, and a relaxed, engaged demeanor are just as critical as a cover letter or CV. A tip to improve your body language is to record a video of yourself during a mock interview. Doing so will help you more easily identify behavior like crossing your arms, slumping your shoulders or glancing at your mobile device. Seeing those tendencies for yourself can make it easier to recognize your faults and remedy these. 5. Ask the Right Questions It’s an interview, not an interrogation. You are aiming to learn more about the employer, just as they are aiming to learn more about you. Take the time to consider three to five questions that demonstrate your enthusiasm about the position, and your intent to better understand the intentions for the role. 6. Finish strong Offer a brief “elevator pitch,” or summary, of your candidacy near the end of the proceedings. You need to come off as excited about the position and the opportunity without seeming desperate. Restate your interest in the job and ask when you may contact the hiring manager to learn about the next steps in the process. 7. Follow-up (and Send a Thank You Note) Directly after the interview, while details are still vivid, write down any notes you have or any areas that you would like to follow-up on. Incorporate these details into a thank you note. The importance of the interview cannot be overstated for executive roles. Preparation is the key to conquering all the key components. Use this list of seven keys to ace the interview process, and become the leading candidate for any executive role.
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