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Job Interview Tips, Coaching, Question Preparation, Help and Advice

In my experience, the biggest mistake candidates make with executive-level interviews is to think that they can wing the interview process, over-estimating their interviewing skills. A large percentage of my executive candidates tell me that they will be fine when it comes to the interview process, only to find out later that they have interviewed poorly, and have not been invited back for a second round discussion.

For this reason, I insist that my executive candidates undergo a rigorous interview practice schedule prior to any important client-facing interview process. Nothing can beat hard core interview practice because interviewing skills, thankfully, can be significantly improved and mastered, with even a modest investment of time.

I cannot stress enough that interview preparation is the key to securing the job of your dreams. In the current economic climate, when the stakes are high and the interview process has never been more competitive, you cannot afford to leave that important job interview to chance. Get professional help and advice. I have put together some pointers that I recommend for executives preparing for interviews. Some of this information might seem very basic and common sense, but you would be surprised how many candidates make simple mistakes which can mean the difference between a job offer and a rejection letter.

Interview Preparation

Prior to your interview it is imperative that you have completed your research about the company to learn as much as possible about the organisation, and the people you will be interviewing with. This inevitably means doing more than just a quick skim over the company website the morning of the interview! Always confirm the names and the business titles of those you will be interviewing with, and get clear written instructions from the recruiter as to the location and time of the interview. The more you know about the interviewers, the more comfortable you will be.

It is relatively easy to find out background information about the interviewers via a Google search, a quick check on LinkedIn, or simply asking the recruiter for more information. The more information that you have, the better you will be able to prepare. I also recommend candidates ask for a job description to assist with their interview preparation. When this is not available, it can make preparation for the interview considerably harder.

Interviews are predominantly framed on competency-based interview principles. This means that the interview questions are designed to assess whether the candidate can do the job, whether you would be able to hit the ground running once on the job, and whether you fit with the company’s culture and management team, through assessment of your competencies, skills, capabilities and past experience. To prepare for your interview, you should anticipate what questions you may be asked, and rehearse quality responses that address them. This is relatively easy, as I can almost guarantee the questions that you will be asked, as they will broadly cover 5 key areas that the employer will be looking to address during the interview process.

5 Key Pieces of Information the Candidate Should Try and Get Out of the Interview:

What are your key values? Demonstrate these values and you are UNLIKELY to get the job!!

Appearance and Personal Habits, Before Interview Make Sure….

Appearance and Personal Habits, Before Interview Make Sure….

Interview Rules and Tips

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