Interview Tips

Executive Interview Tips

During executive interviews, employers are looking to see if the candidate has good business and strategic sense, has the ability to lead and manage effectively, understands their company, and can inspire others to perform at their best.

Executive interviews are often held over dinner, in an offsite conference room, or in a less formal environment than a typical office setting.

Following are some executive interview tips which will help you before the interview, during the interview and also after the interview:

  1. Presentation

    Keep in mind that there is not another chance for making first impression. So be careful while presenting yourself. For presenting yourself following are some tips:

    • Always keep smile on the face.
    • Make eye contact that will show you confidence.
    • Relax and feel confident.
    • Be careful, nervous gestures will affect badly.

  2. Punctuality/Dress

    Arrive at the interview 5-10 minutes early. You must remember the name and proper pronunciation of the person you will meet. Dress professionally for the company you will visit.

  3. Executive Interview tips - Do's

    • Always present a good image in a professional manner. Avoid arriving more than 10 minutes early.
    • Bring a clean copy of your resume for each person that you will meet. It shows consideration and respect for them.
    • Keep your eye on body language and react accordingly.
    • Shake hands with a firm, dry handshake.
    • Always be truthful about your current salary. If you are expecting a raise, tell the interviewer.
    • Be clear about your reasons for leaving.
    • Ask for the interviewer's business card so you can write a thank you letter.

  4. Executive Interview tips - Don'ts

    • Never read mail on someone's desk or look at your watch.
    • Avoid discussions on religion or politics.
    • Don't interrupt the interviewer.
    • Don't criticize past employers. Never be negative about anything.
    • Don't let an interview carry on too long.
    • Don't lie. Answer questions truthfully.
    • Don't be discouraged if an offer is not made.

  5. Ask for the next step

    At the end of the interview, tell the recruiter you are interested. Ask about the next step in the interview process as well as the hiring timetable. If you do not receive a positive response and you are sincerely interested, ask the recruiter if he or she has any areas of concern.

    If there is a misunderstanding about you or the recruiter does not seem certain that you are suitable, try to clarify the problem, then ask again about the next step and timetable.

  6. Follow-up

    After your interview, immediately write down key issues uncovered in the interview. Think of the qualifications the employer is looking for and match your strengths to them. Send a "thank you" letter before 24 hours after the interview.

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