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Nailing Your Next Executive Job Interview – Be Unapologetically You!

May 7, 2024 12:15:00 PM

Imagine you're stepping into your executive interview for your dream job. Your best outfit is freshly picked up from the dry cleaners, your resume shines, and your introduction is ready to roll off your tongue. You’re primed to conquer not just the interview but the executive suite itself.

It's Showtime for your interview, and You're the Star!

Want to know a secret? It’s not just about your stellar career achievements. What really makes you unforgettable isn’t just what you say, but how you say it. Ever laughed off a totally embarrassing flub mid-speech and bounced right back? That’s the gold!

The Winning Executive Job Interview Trio: CompetenCY, RelevanCY, LikEablITY

Sure, you’re smart. But the hiring manager already knew that when they saw your LinkedIn profile. 

Now’s your chance to be more than smart. Be relevant. Be likeable. Heck, be irresistible!

Interviewing for Relevance is King

Your next boss doesn’t just need to see what you’ve done; they need to see how what you’ve done can solve THEIR biggest challenges. Early in the interview, just casually drop the question: “What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing right now?” 

Why? Because once they spill the beans, you can tailor your genius to their needs, proving you’re the missing puzzle piece they’ve been searching for.

Boosting Your Likeability During Your Executive Job Interview

This begins even before you meet the hiring manager. A little homework on their professional background and recent public appearances or publications can provide valuable tidbits to weave into the conversation, creating a personal connection and setting a positive, relatable tone from the start.

Did you do a little snooping and found out your interviewer just killed it at a conference? Slide that into the interview conversation like, “Hey, I caught your session on XYZ, and wow, you really got me thinking…” Boom, you’ve got a connection!

Mastering the Art of Storytelling in Your Interview

Ditch the traditional STAR response format for something that suits the narrative of a seasoned professional: the SOAR method, where you replace 'Task' with 'Observation'. This subtle tweak shifts the focus from assigned tasks to your insightful observations and strategic thinking.

Try making your stories about what you’ve seen, learned, and changed. Stories that SOAR. Now that’s memorable.

Pro Executive Interview Tip: Leave a Little Sparkle Behind

Want to really stick in their mind? Creativity can really set you apart!

Think about what you can bring to an interview that’s both memorable and showcases your creativity. Whether it’s a custom comic strip that highlights your career achievements or a mini handbook of your top strategies, these unique leave-behinds can make a lasting impression far beyond a standard business card.

Embrace Your Quirks – Be unapologetically YOU in Your Executive Job Interview

Maybe it’s your love for mismatched socks or your knack for solving Rubik's cubes blindfolded—whatever makes you you, bring that to the table. This is your time to shine by just being yourself—quirks and all! 

Remember, it’s not just an interview, it’s your chance to show the world why there’s nobody quite like you.

So, what’s the next step in mastering your executive job interviewing preparation?

If you're ready to upend traditional approaches to executive interviews and truly stand out, consider joining our four-week small-group program. We’ll dive deeper into creating a compelling personal brand, mastering your executive interview techniques, and bypassing HR to access your next boss directly.

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Tammy Kabell

Written by Tammy Kabell