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Executive Interview Process

“Your job at the interview is to be as helpful as you can,” said Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, a seasoned search consultant and author of Great People Decisions

He comments that most interviewers focus too heavily on experience and not enough on competence, and that it is the executive’s job during the interview to demonstrate he or she has what it takes to be a perfect fit for the position.
 

1. Prepare for the interview

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive interviews, featuring Mike Morrow, from TRANSEARCH, Lucie Shaw, from Amrop UK, and Lisa Thompson, from Pearson Partners International.

Some of the questions asked included:

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Here’s the good news – if you’re getting interviews, your resume is doing its job – assuming you’re getting interviews for the types of positions you want. But what you do before, during, and after the interview can increase your chances of getting the offer.
 

Rising young executives are often not thoroughly prepared for all the ins and outs of an executive-level job search. Unfortunately, insufficient training in the techniques of career transition results in their ineffective or inappropriate application. The information interview is one of those tools that has been misused and poorly applied especially during down economic times when competition for every position is keen.   

Most standard interview questions are simply not designed to allow an executive to truly demonstrate their capabilities, ideas, and innovation. Executive search consultants are bored with cookie-cutter interview questions and the answers people give, which don’t reveal what the search consultants—or employers for that matter—really need to know. They want to understand who you are, how you will work and what value (ROI) you can bring to an organization.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive interviews, featuring Tom Fuller, from Epsen Fuller Group, and Susan Goldberg, from Susan Goldberg Executive Search Consulting (SGES).

Some of the questions asked included:

For more on this topic, register today for our complimentary webinar: What to Expect During Your Executive Interview.

No matter how much experience you have accumulated as a senior level executive, attending an interview can be a daunting task. Like with any major career step, the key to a successful interview is preparation. It is universally known that those who prepare for a variety of interview questions perform better than those who do not. Therefore, to assist you on your way to career success, BlueSteps has prepared a list of ten commonly asked senior-level interview questions for you to familiarize yourself with.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive interviews, featuring John Ryan, from TRANSEARCH USA, and Lisa Thompson, from Pearson Partners International.

Some of the questions asked included:

The key to executive interview success is preparation. Interviewing methods differ between companies and people. Are you prepared for a non-traditional interview?

Phone Interview

A phone interview is often one of the first interviews an executive will encounter. Some call this a pre-screen interview when an executive recruiter picks up the phone and calls a candidate – typically to screen them out. This unexpected call can throw some candidates off.