Written by Sophie Down | November 11, 2014
When you are looking at your up-coming executive interview, it is important to be on top of what you need to do. Preparing is a given, so here are some additional tips to ensure you take ownership of your interview and leave a good impression.
1. Say Something Memorable
The hiring manager wants to remember you, let alone know that you are a good fit for the role. One way of doing this can be sending a thank you email after your interview. While this might sound simple, it may not happen very often for the interviewer so is worth doing to keep your name at the front of their minds. A good scenario or story of previous work experiences can also be very memorable as a method of conveying your qualities and skills.
2. Be Honest
Honesty is an attractive trait, so don’t create your answers to be something they are not – interviewers have probably heard many generic phrases so be concise and to the point. You will most likely be asked about times where you have had to manage an opportunity or a challenge for an example a failed project; here you can define the exact the actions you took and what happened as a result of this.
Being open about your weaknesses can also show confidence in you as a candidate, however always remember to end this on a positive note by identifying solutions for any weaknesses you may have.
3. Know Your Industry
The likelihood is that you will know the industry you are applying within, but do you know the company that are interviewing you?
Ensure you know the products or services you may be working with, and how your job will affect the value and operations associated with these. Research the company and their situation within the market they operate in, relevant to your job position.
4. Use the Job Description
Although it may sound obvious, remember throughout the interview to match your experience with what the interviewer is looking for. You can use keywords from the job description and information you about the role to bring this to the forefront of your answers.
5. Ask Questions
It is important to know which questions you are going to ask at the end of the interview, some may be answered during the discussion so it can be helpful to have some back-ups. Think about these; you are looking for a fit in the company just as much as they are and consequently these can give you a chance to find out what you want to know.
6. Define your Contribution
In your answers consider what it is that you can bring to the company, what the value is in you working for them. Is there anything more you can bring to the job from your previous experience? Back up your experience with evidence, as they will not only be looking at how you will benefit their business but what you have done for businesses beforehand.
7. Know Who You’re Talking To
If you are working with an executive recruiter, take the names or LinkedIn pages of those who will be interviewing you so you can understand who will be carrying out the interview. This way you can make some answers and discussions during the interview personal to them, again increasing memorability.
Throughout your interview, smile and be engaging whilst remembering the above points. Practicing the answers can also increase your confidence to avoid any stiffness in conversation.
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