If you’re in a proactive executive job search, hopefully interviews are imminent. If you’re like most, you can use some help to ace executive job interviews.
Most people would say that interviewing is stressful. One way to ease the anxiety, and perform better, is to put the time into preparing well.
I’ve pulled together several posts on job interviewing to help you.
How to Land, Brand and Ace Executive Job Interviews
Before the Interview
Prepare to ace executive job interviews with market intelligence, personal branding and social proof.
Research your target employers, know and communicate your personal brand, and polish your online presence to showcase your good-fit qualities, and provide social proof for the claims you’ve made in your executive resume.
Land more interviews
A knockout LinkedIn profile is one must-do strategy to land more interviews. More in my post, Personal Branding with Your LinkedIn Profile
Get ready to answer the dreaded “Tell me about yourself” query, and brand the interview.
At the Interview
Make the right first impression.
Captivate them and keep them interested in you.
Be prepared to answer the typical questions.
Bring with you the due diligence-driven questions you need to ask.
Try to get any of these questions that are applicable to you into the interview:
- What does your best-fit candidate look like?
- Why is the position open?
- What responsibilities in this job are really going to define success for this person?
- What skills and qualities will be most important in this position?
- If there’s a job description, may I see a copy of it?
- What will my first assignment be?
- What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
- [If this is a short-term consulting position] How long do you expect the project to last?
- Any major changes coming internally that I should know about?
- Where do you see this division/company in the next five years?
- How can I demonstrate that I’m a good fit for this position?
- What do you (the interviewer) like and not like about working here?
- [As things are wrapping up] What are the next steps? I’m very interested in this position, will you consider me for further interviews? When will I hear from you? May I touch base in a week to see how things are moving along?
More questions to ask in 4 Essential Executive Interview Questions to Ask the Employer