So you’ve submitted your resume, networked with your inside connections and landed yourself an executive interview at a prestigious organization. Having a strategy before starting the interview process is crucial and will help you refine your technique and focus on your key strengths. Here are some executive interview tips to consider:
Do your homework.
You only have one shot at a good first impression, so make sure you’re knowledgeable about the company or organization you’re hoping to work for. If possible, learn their revenue numbers, quote statistics, review successful case studies and study the background of the founding partners. You can even take it one step further by scanning recent PR and learning about their competitors. And if this is your dream job, it may behoove you to use their products or services so you can demonstrate a true understanding of their business.
Review your strengths and weaknesses.
Think about your past interviews and what you were asked. Prep yourself by listing out your strengths and weaknesses. During the interview, be strategic by highlighting how growing your strengths helped your past employers reach their business goals.
Be ready to answer the following tough questions:
- How have you demonstrated leadership in the past?
- Tell me a time you dealt with a stressful situation and how did you handle it?
- Give me an example of an opportunity you were faced with and how you reacted?
- In the past, how have you turned a weakness into a strength? Walk me through it.
Don’t just give answers to the above; illustrate stories that paint a picture of the end results. Your interviewer will undoubtedly be more impressed.
Interviews are meant to provide a sense of who you are as a candidate and help the leadership team get to know you. As the executive candidate, you should also take this time to get to know them. That being said, ask questions you want answers to, not questions you think are the “right” ones to ask.
One of the most important areas to seek more information on is the challenge, or challenges, you’ll face. What potential surprises will come your way? Make note of what they tell you and emphasize how you can overcome those challenges with your skills and experience. Concentrate on how your skills can help them, not what the company has to offer you. Where can you provide support within the company or organization and help them advance in the marketplace?
Give them a reason to follow-up.
Conclude by showing them you are fully committed to the leadership team visions. Make sure you convey your vested interest in the position. Don’t assume they took your eagerness throughout your interview as confirmation that you are interested. Finally, ask about next steps and what you need to do to keep this process moving.
Now that you’re ready to get the executive job of your dreams, give yourself the best odds possible by contacting your local Parker + Lynch representative.