How to Succeed in an Executive Interview

How to Succeed in an Executive Interview

Interviewing for a job, at any level, can be nerve-racking. But at the executive level, you’ll need to express skills that past positions may not have been searching for: leadership style, ability to implement change, and how you’ve managed teams in the past. Preparation will be key in your ability to succeed in an executive interview. Find some tips below to get started.

Interview Tips for Executives:

Research the Industry

When preparing for an executive interview, you’ll want to put in the time to research the industry. If you’re entering a new industry, it is important to show that you’ve “done your homework,” and understand the nuances and trends. If you’ve been in the industry for a while, you’ll want to show you fully understand it by knowing new advances or having predictions for the future.

Familiarize Yourself with the Position & Company

Knowing the qualifications for an executive job before an interview is important, but familiarizing yourself with the company is a key factor, too. Before an executive interview, try to understand the setup of the c-suite at the company in order to fully demonstrate that you understand who you’ll work with and how.

Ask Your Network for Advice

As always, in every step of your career, your network is your biggest resource. Reach out to people you know in the industry to get a feel for the company you are interviewing with. This can help you better understand the hiring process, where the organization excels, or where they need to improve. If this person knows you well, you’ll want to ask them if they see this as a good fit for your personality and work style.

Be Ready for Executive Assessments

The hiring organization is going to want to assess you on your leadership and management abilities. This could be through executive interview questions like:

  • How would you describe your leadership style?
  • Explain a recent success you’ve had in your career.
  • Explain a time you’ve lead a team to solve a business problem.

Or it could be through executive assessment tools such as Alder Koten’s Cultural DNA profile.

Come with Questions

As for every interview, come prepared with questions about the position or organization. Ask about the milestones or career path for someone starting in this executive position. Inquire about the team dynamic or the company culture. Show that you are eager to learn about the company and what is important to you in a new role.

If you take the time to prepare, you’ll feel more confident when entering the room.  Follow these steps for a successful first executive job interview.

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