From competing head-on in skill-based tests, to writing poems on their abilities, there are many tricks in the book that juniors can employ to stand out in a crowd of candidates- however, senior job interviews are an entirely different game.
The rule-book on how to manage a senior interview:
Research the Company
Read up on the company’s current market standing, its expansion plans, milestones and challenges. Understand the impact of these on the role you are applying for and anticipate questions around these aspects. Don’t forget to use social sites to learn about the person across the table, if you know who the interviewer will be.
Dress for the Company
While you are sure to know the dress code of your industry, some companies might be exceptions. It helps to find out more about the culture of the company and dress accordingly. Being unnecessarily formal or casual never works.
Highlight Strengths Relevant to the Job
By now you are sure to have quite a number of achievements under your belt. Choose the ones you want to talk about wisely, as they should showcase your strengths to excel at this particular job. The awards and appreciation of your earliest jobs, though special to you, might not be relevant now.
Have a Dialogue/Conversation
Let the interview be a conversation rather than a question-answer session. It should be a discussion and sharing of points-of-view to understand whether you and the organisation are compatible. Researching the company will also help you ask all the right questions and gain points in the eyes of the interviewer.
Show your Enthusiasm
You should seem energised to work for a company, as it shows that you are motivated to make a difference. Many interviewers consciously assess a candidate’s energy quotient – while low energy levels are a turn-off for them, they are impressed with positive energy & enthusiasm.
Respect and Get Respect
As senior management, you are expected to be part of the solution at your current employer. Please do not denigrate that honour by putting down your current company or boss. Also keep confidential data exactly the way that it is supposed to be – confidential. The prospective employer will know that you will act with the same integrity if you are hired.
Do the dos and see the difference in your next interview!