Getting ready for a job interview takes preparation and
practice. Walking into an interview when you feel underprepared only adds to
your nerves and anxiety. That can cause you to give off a less than stellar
An interview is your place to shine; therefore, you want to
ensure you walk into the interview ready
for whatever might be thrown your way.
Use these tips to ensure you are ready for your executive level interview:
Research the Company
As you prepare for a job interview, it is essential you do a bit of research on the company. Be
sure you understand the company’s values and mission statement, and incorporate
those into your answers. Doing so will help you demonstrate how your experience
and expertise aligns to the company’s inherent values, and, as a result, will
allow you to stand out.
You can count on being asked some version of common
behavioural interview questions during your interview. Prepare your answers for
those common questions. Be ready to share specific instances and examples to
back up your responses.
Use stories to paint the picture for the interview panel.
You not only want to assure them you
hold the knowledge to be a viable candidate for the position but also that you
have the experience to back up your knowledge.
Non-verbal communication can make or break your chances of
landing a position. It is imperative your body
language exudes confidence. Go in with a strong, confident handshake. Make
eye contact, relax, and use good posture. Be sure you come off as confident,
but not overly so. Be gracious and relatable.
While it is important to prepare as much as you can, know
that it is impossible to anticipate everything in a job interview. Be ready to
roll with whatever they throw your way. Fall back on your experience and
stories to demonstrate your ability to think and perform under pressure. If
something unexpected happens, remember to go with it and do not allow it to
impede your confidence.
Practice helps calm your nerves and build your confidence as
you prepare for an interview. Ask a respected, trusted friend to help you
prepare. Practice your responses to common interview questions and ask for
feedback. Do you do anything distracting with your hands as you answer
questions? Gathering feedback to help you fix any glaring negatives before the
interview will boost your confidence for the actual interview.