Strategies to win your next executive role

6 Key Strategies to Succeed in Executive Job Interviews

1. Application quality
Your application is likely to be one of many, and needs to stand out. In addition to being clearly written and error-free, your application needs to shine because it is relevant, demonstrating why the people reading your application would include you in the shortlist pile.

Read the selection criteria carefully and explain in your application how you match or exceed each requirement. Use examples and keep your responses concise.

2. Research
When you are shortlisted (not if, keep positive!) you need to demonstrate that you are deeply committed to the role, and have thought about how you would approach it. Research the role and the company online, talking to colleagues or people in your network and understand as much as possible about the role before you present yourself for interview.

3. Anticipate questions
You are almost certain to be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. Talking about strengths is a great opportunity to demonstrate the reasons you should be given the role, but questions about your weaknesses are also a great opportunity. Think in advance what weaknesses you might talk about (just 2 maximum 3) and then identify how you could overcome them to excel in the role. Be ready with those answers to be able to demonstrate how you will be ready to hit the ground running when you get the job.

4. Confident and open – be the candidate you would like to work with
Nerves are natural before a job interview, but it is vital that you demonstrate that you would be a colleague who is easy to get along with and constructive. Take the chance to demonstrate how you would contribute, but also how you would listen. Take the chance to show your best self, not your nervous self!

5. Demonstrate what you can contribute
Identify the ways that you will deliver most value through the role in advance and be ready to describe them to the interview panel. They will wan to know how you will be able to make a significant contribution through your role – and you will be ready to tell them.

6. Finish with questions
Demonstrate how interested you are in the role to the very end. Ask the panel about the next steps, and let them know you’d be happy to provide more information or have a follow up meeting if required.