(5.) INTERVIEW PREPARATION:
By this point in the process, if you have done steps 1 to 4 correctly, then the indicator will of course be the fact that you are being invited to interview for a plethora of executive roles. The final hurdle, therefore, is knowing how to approach the interview process—in order to tackle commonly asked questions; but also the key differentiators to be able to stand out from the rest of the cohort.
Here is the main piece of advice. Do company-specific research! Rehearsing key skills and achievements is great; but the company wishes to know how they relate to the Job Description at this company (and therefore how you can add executive and leadership value to the new team). Likewise, the Hiring Manager will be trying to ascertain how committed you are to a role at their particular company; as opposed to how much you simply wish for any well-paying job. Looking to the future, it is important for them to know that you can derive satisfaction from their mission, rather than expecting that you plan to move on again when you get bored.
Finally, one more profound interview tip for you. Don’t quit on the conversation when they ask the inevitable: “Have you got any questions for us?”. Lots of candidates believe that this is a simple passing-the-time-of-day pleasantry; but this could not be further from the truth. It is definitely part of the interview—and probably one of the most (if not the most) important parts of such. It is the time to really inject that company-specific research; in order to show how it has informed your remaining questions about the corporation. End on a high!