How to Ace an Interview for an Executive Position | Smartmanager - How to Ace... All job interviews have common goals and objectives—identify the best candidate for the position. However, interviews for C-level positions have a deeper focus and require more preparation on your part than for other opportunities. Regardless of the opportunity, executive job search firms expect that qualified candidates perform research on the potential employer prior to an interview. C-level opportunities demand that candidates go the extra mile to uncover even the minutia of employer information. Branding Is an Important Component for C-Level Interviews Your personal brand has become a key component for executive recruiting and interview requirements for senior management positions. However, even highly experienced executives often ask, “How can I display my personal brand within the time and flexibility constraints of a first executive position interview?” If possible, you can control most of the conversation, keeping the interviewer focused on your topics and promoting your brand.
Northwestern MutualVoice: How To Ace An Executive Interview By Sonya Stinson Interviewing for an executive role can be an intimidating experience. The process of screening candidates for such a high-stakes, highly compensated role is understandably more intense and extensive than anything lower-level job candidates go through. Before a company decides whether to bring you aboard, a team of executives or board members will likely weigh in, and your resume and experience will be scrutinized down to the last detail. If you’re on the hunt for a C-suite post, here are some tips to help you convince even the toughest hiring committee that you’re the best of the best. 1. “They get a broader interview process than somebody who might be on a lower level, who might meet only with someone in HR and the person who would be their immediate supervisor,” she said. Weeks advised asking your point person at the company for names and titles of everyone with whom you’ll be interviewing. 2. You’ll make the best impression if you seem prepared but not rehearsed. 3. 4.
How to Ace an Executive-Level Job Interview You've been contacted by an executive recruiter about an opportunity to interview for a position at a successful company. The job the executive recruiter describes sounds perfect for you. You want the position so badly, you dream about it at night. To make your dream a reality, you need to ace the interview. Preparing for Executive-Level Interviews Interview Questions to Avoid Interview Road Kill That's easier said than done. Obviously, you've got to learn as much about the company and the people interviewing you as you can. This story walks you through the interview process, from preparation to follow-up. Prepare Interviews are designed to assess whether you, the candidate, can do the job at hand, whether you'll spring into action once on the job, and whether you fit with the company's culture and management team. What are your strengths? You're certain to be asked about failed projects, so don't get caught off guard when the hiring manager tosses that one your way. The Big Day
Top 20 Executive Interview Pet Peeves Printer-Friendly Version by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. Every aspect of marketing yourself in the job search is highly subjective from the hiring decision-maker's viewpoint. Their view of resumes is subjective; cover letters even more subjective; and by the time we get to the interview phase, opinions could not be more subjective. I've participated in enough interviews from the hiring side of the desk to know that one interviewer can be blown away by a candidate's interview performance and salivating to hire him or her, while another interviewer may be lukewarm toward the same candidate based on the same interview. Through a list of the top 20 executive interview pet peeves, hiring decision-makers reveal the landmines aspiring executives can avoid in job interviews. 1. "Some years ago I was senior vice president, human resources, in a large American bank's Canadian operation. 2. Continue reading the next five of the top 20 executive job interview pet peeves.
The Right Way To Say Thanks After An Interview You had the interview. You’re pretty sure you aced it. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the offer, right? Wrong. According to Kim Isaacs, Monster Résumé Expert, most applicants don’t follow up with a thank-you letter. "Even if you think an offer is in the bag, you can always improve your chances of getting the job if you send a thank-you letter," Isaacs writes. But it’s not enough to whip out a card or an email and consider it done. Consider this draft of a note that Donna Svei, veteran recruiter and résumé expert of the AvidCareerist, recently got from a client who was looking for feedback before she sent it. Hi [Name], I’m so grateful for your generosity this morning in spending time speaking with me and sharing your insights about the new position on your team. Though brief (not a bad thing in an age of dwindling attention spans), Svei says the client hit several key points with her note, namely: Svei says this client got the job. Don’t Think Of It As Thanks Don’t Use A Template
Most Common Behavioral Interview Questions Interview prep 101 dictates that you should have your elevator pitch ready, a few stories polished (for the behavioral interview questions you’ll probably be asked), and a good sense of what you have to offer. So, how do you get there? Lots of practice, ideally aloud. To help you better prepare for your next interview, here are 30 behavioral interview questions sorted by topic (in addition to over 40 common interview questions that you should be more than familiar with). Behavioral interview questions require candidates to share examples of specific situations they’ve been in where they had to use certain skills. Not sure how to answer these questions from your interviewer? Behavioral Interview Questions 1-5 Teamwork For questions like these, you want a story that illustrates your ability to work with others under challenging circumstances. Talk about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours. Getting ready?
5 Words You Should Never Use to Describe Yourself in an Interview Hiring managers all have their favorite interview questions, but they’re typically some variation of the common ones. For example, you might get, “How would your colleagues describe you?” or “Use three words to describe yourself.” Either way, your overall approach would likely be the same. Or, to put it in another way, there are words that you should never, ever use. 1. You know you’re intelligent, and you know the hiring manager is looking for someone who is intelligent, but please don’t describe yourself as such. What to Do Instead Talk about the way you think, and use words like, “logical,” “quantitative,” “fast learner,” or “big-picture thinker.” 2. For the same reason you don’t want to describe yourself as intelligent, you want to avoid words like “likable.” Use words that you can back up, like “team player,” “outgoing,” “enthusiastic,” or “caring,” and back them up with examples of how you pitched in, spoke up in meetings, or threw an office holiday party. 3. 4. 5.
Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” was the tagline for a Head & Shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. It unfortunately encapsulates how most interviews work. There have been volumes written about how “the first five minutes” of an interview are what really matter, describing how interviewers make initial assessments and spend the rest of the interview working to confirm those assessments. If they like you, they look for reasons to like you more. Tricia Prickett and Neha Gada-Jain, two psychology students at the University of Toledo, collaborated with their professor Frank Bernieri and reported in a 2000 study that judgments made in the first 10 seconds of an interview could predict the outcome of the interview. The problem is, these predictions from the first 10 seconds are useless. They create a situation where an interview is spent trying to confirm what we think of someone, rather than truly assessing them. Click to Open Overlay Gallery 1.
7 Words You Should Never Say in a Job Interview Interviews are tricky. Every word has the power to make or break your chances of moving on to the next round, or landing the job. If you are lucky enough to catch the words that ‘break your chances,’ the good news is that you can back up and try again. Give a bad answer to a question and you can usually see it on their face, affording you the opportunity to say: “I don’t think I articulated that answer the right way. What I would like to say is…” There are also the inappropriate or rude things people will blurt out in an interview that will put you in the pass pile. But there are seven words that candidates keep saying in interviews that they should have no excuse for. What Not to Say at a Job Interview: “I Don’t Have Any Questions Right Now.” Ouch. There are probably a dozen reasons this can ruin your interview. Here are some of the ways this statement can be interpreted: You Didn’t Prepare for the Interview If you don’t have any questions, it can show that you didn’t do your research. Hubris
The Best Way to Answer "What's Your Biggest Weakness?" “You’ve told me about your strengths—now, can you share what you consider to be your biggest weakness?” It’s the question that nobody likes. Well, except for hiring managers—who ask it pretty frequently—which means that you should be prepared with a well thought out answer. To help you out, we’ve put one of our favorite tips into a short, minute-long video. (Can’t watch the video at work? The questions, “What’s your greatest weakness?” But here’s the thing: It can be really tough, but it’s important not to lie or to gloss over your weaknesses. So here’s one way that I think about answering this question. So for example, if someone said, “What’s your biggest weakness?” “Well, I used to be pretty horrible at public speaking. See, that wasn’t so bad. Photo of broken chain link courtesy of Shutterstock.
What to Say in an Interview - Interviewing Tips We can all agree that interviewing is a pretty imperfect way to evaluate a job candidate. For the interviewee, so much of the experience can feel like a game of guess-the-answer-in-the-interviewer’s-head. It’s hard to know if what you’re sharing is even remotely close to what the hiring manager is seeking. Luckily, there are a few phrases that are almost always on the mark. 1. This is one phrase that’s sure to put a smile on your interviewer’s face. Of course, this single statement will only get you so far. 2. If you were interviewing two candidates who were pretty much identical in terms of the skills and relevant experiences they bring to the table, what would be the deciding factor? While it definitely makes sense to state upfront that you’re excited, you’ll also need to back up that claim by doing some company research. 3. Unfortunately, you’re probably not going to have everything the interviewer is looking for. Photo of speech bubbles courtesy of Shutterstock.
Emails That Land Jobs: The Best Way to Shine in a Follow-Up Note That’s how many emails most “working professionals” send and receive every day . The bad news? That’s a whole lot of noise—and it can feel difficult to pop out from the pile, especially when you’re trying to lock down a new job opportunity. The good news? So, what’s the best way to shine? Simple: Be unexpectedly generous . A quick story : A few years ago, I was courting a local marketing agency for a freelance copywriting position . After my informal interview, the director of the marketing agency told me: “We like your spirit, but we just can’t hire you without seeing a few more writing samples.” We shook hands and parted ways. But then, I had a life-changing light bulb moment. In fact, I’d do more than that—I’d send over some ready-to-use language for their soon-to-be-re-launched website, as if I was already part of the team. I wrote a quick email to the very, very busy agency director, thanking her for taking the time to meet with me. The director wrote back to say: Your Turn! P.S.