Executive Interview Mistakes: You Prepare For The Wrong Thing

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

If you are interviewing for an executive role at a firm, you may be making the mistake of preparing all wrong.

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Hi. I’m Jeff Altman. People hire me for no BS job search advice and coaching globally because I make job search, and being successful in your career much easier. I want to talk with you about one of those executive interview mistakes I see people make. And I’ve got to kind of smack people around sometimes to pull them in. So, they don’t make this mistake.

ExecutiveThe short version of it is they over-rehearse in all the wrong ways. It’s not like there’s a template for this interview. If anything, if what they’re looking for are the right canned answers to interview questions that you could find through a Google search for common executive interview questions and answers, this is probably the wrong firm for you.

What you want to be doing is focusing on how you can help them succeed, and how you present yourself as the leader that you are, rather than going into lots of detail about all your competencies and all your technical capabilities. Whether you’re in one field or another, it really makes no difference. The goal for you should be about presenting yourself as the person who can lead an organization, who has the competency to inspire people, and if necessary, motivate people to be effective to deliver the results that need to be delivered.

If you think that way, if you think in terms of your previous successes, along the lines of what you’ve been prepared for by the executive search firm, by your friend who was introducing you to this role, whoever it is, you are far better off than presenting yourself as the most capable hands on individual on the planet. And again, if that’s what they’re looking for, is that really what you want to be doing?

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