5 Tips to nail your first C-level executive role interview
Here are 5 Advanced Tips to help you prepare for the role you’ve worked so hard to get:
Everyone you meet is an interviewer
As an executive, your role has a bigger impact and affects the whole company. Essentially the entire company is part of your team, therefore showing that you treat everyone with the same level of respect, from the interviewer to the receptionist, shows that you have an air of responsibility and integrity.
Your Resume only says so much about your past and doesn’t highlight when you operated outside of your scope of responsibility. Making a point of the times when you did so displays these attributes. This can be anything from when you had to cover for others responsibilities and the times when you gave inputs in other departments meetings.
Research the numbers
As a C-Level executive you must work to budgets and commercial targets. Demonstrating that you know your numbers shows that you have a high level of commercial awareness and attention to detail. Doing due diligence on the company can also pay dividends as this reiterates your intentions to work for this company.
Communicate effectivelyThe entire company is part of your team, therefore you should treat everyone with the same level of respect.
A key part of the job in a leadership role is being able to communicate. This can be a difficult area particularly for finance candidates. Dealing with questions in a clear, concise and calculated manner can put you above all other candidates for the role.
The Bottom Line
The key question to ask yourself before interview is “How can I add value?”. This is the real reason they’re interviewing you for the role so by demonstrating a plan and showing how you’ve added value previously is integral to their decision.