Executive-level positions are some of the most demanding and stressful jobs available today. Equally demanding are the job interviews for those positions. It is of the utmost importance that someone hiring for executive-level positions ascertains the true character, trustworthiness, and skill of the candidates applying for the job. Perhaps that's why interviews for such positions can be especially grueling. The following are some tips for applicants preparing for executive-level interviews.
It is also a good idea to arrive at the interview location five to 10 minutes early. Any later and you risk making the people interviewing you late, which is something that you want to avoid at all costs. On the other hand, you do not want to show up too early. Doing so might make the interviewer feel rushed or give the impression that you are overeager. Take some time to really plan your day. Punctuality is the height of respect, so make sure that you are on time. If you have never been to the company location before, it may even be worthwhile to make a trip there the day before the interview. By doing so, you eliminate the possibility of getting lost the day of.
Also remember to bring multiple copies of your resume, and make sure that they are in good shape. Don't present resumes that you might have been dragging around town to other interviews. Remember that the resume paper should be crisp without any folds or smudges, and make sure that you bring enough for anyone you meet. Usually three to five copies will suffice. Along with your resumes, you should bring a copy of your cover letter, a list of references, any letters of reference or recommendation that you have accrued in your career, and work samples, if that applies to your field. All of these documents should be printed on Bond, or resume paper, with the watermark facing upright. These may seem like small details, but you never know who pays attention to those things. Even if no one notices, your documents will still have a clean, uniform, and professional look. Dry your hands before you shake hands with people and make sure you give a firm shake.
When you are questioned about your previous executive experience, be honest but complementary. Keep in mind that your previous job enabled you to get where you are now, and make sure that you are properly grateful for the opportunities and experience. Take some time and really think about what good things you have to say, but remember that you should always be honest about why you left. While you can present things favorably, remember that lying is one of the worst things you can do. All the interviewer has to do is contact your references to discover a lie. Also keep in mind that the interviewer will put themselves in a boss’s shoes. They do not want to hear you complain about the work you had to do and the way you were treated. That will give them the impression that you are a disgruntled employee who will have the same bad attitude in their company.
When you are going into an interview, remember that you should always be properly deferential. No matter what happens, don't interrupt the interviewer. Make sure that you hear them out all the way to the end and that you give every question a clear and cogent response. When you are coming in, remember that you should avoid looking around on the desk as though you were reading their mail, and keep your eyes away from the clock. Remember that in many places, the interviewers might ask you an uncomfortable question. It is important for you to be aware of the types of questions employers are not allowed to ask, such as questions about your ethnicity or age.
One of the most common interview mistakes is not asking questions of your own. Most interviewers will ask if you have any questions for them at the end of an interview. Research the company you want to work for and plan at least two insightful questions that will show your interest in the company.
When you are getting ready to leave your executive-level job interview, remember to thank them for the opportunity and make sure that you ask for a business card. Always write a thank-you note or email to everyone who interviewed you. This is a formality that must be followed. Make sure the notes are received no more than 24 hours after the interview.
Looking for executive jobs can be quite nerve-wracking, but you'll find that the proper preparation will get you through.