As we gain experience we learn along the way, however showcasing what you've learned all these years the in the right manner will determine how you advance in your career. While there is a lot of content available at various career website that tells you how to behave in your first interview, how to lead on with your CV so that you can be in driving seat. A senior level interview is an entirely different ball game. Its not only testing your knowledge on the subject matter. Its also checking how you would lead a team, face a challenge, align your vision, learn and unlearn.
Sharing a few pointers from our experience of placing over 3000 candidates at senior and leadership positions over the last 8 years. We are sure preparing these would help you get that dream role that you have been working hard for.
Introduction: Meeting someone or a group of people can be a daunting task at times, but it's important to overlook these emotions when trying to find a team. Notice the use of the word team, what I mean by this is that you as an Interviewee are Interviewing your Interviewer just as much as they’re interviewing you. Try to look for qualities that a good team player would possess, active listening, good thoughtful responses, a warm and welcoming attitude to new ideas and difference of opinion.
Work experience: Share what you have achieved, whether that’s projects, teams you lead, problems you solved. In every point of experience that you share, try to present your analysis of how you did and some key things that you learned during the process. Go into depth about the experiences that you found the most challenging and walk your interviewer through your thought process and all your steps during the task. Giving your interviewer a glimpse into your decision-making process will allow them to picture you at a much deeper level than if you were to simply state some things you completed. Time stamp your tasks, if you did something quicker than the norm mention it, and if you took longer talk about why and how you could do it better.
Challenges: Talk about your challenges, don’t be afraid to start from the very beginning of your professional career. The biggest asset that an individual brings to an organization is their ability to be self-aware. Someone that understands where they stand and has a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses is then able to become a good problem solver. While talking about your challenges, its essential that you don’t undersell your efforts and the magnitude of the predicament that you found yourself in. What’s more impressive than someone that’s great is someone that isn’t but is able to improve and get there through grit and ingenuity.
Company Research: This is a wide spectrum, you want to gather as much knowledge as possible, so that you can converse about the specifics of the industry as well as the company itself rather than simply answering a few questions out of limited knowledge. Not only is it great to have vast knowledge for your interview but it also puts things into perspective for you as a prospective employee and will help you to determine if you even really want to work there in the first place. A very important aspect of this section is to try and understand the long-term vision of the company, this will help you get on the same page as the interviewer and will get you to start solving the same problems subconsciously.
Share your thoughts. After you know where the company wants to be in the future, it's important to share your take on this vision and how you think the goal can be achieved. Don’t worry about whether or not your way matches what your prospective employers are thinking because difference of opinion is actually great in an organization.
Value addition: Talk about where you come into the picture and all the specific places that you think you could add value to the company and the team. Show them that you are an invaluable resource that they should not pass up.
Conclude: It’s essential to end every conversation on a good note, thank your interviewers for seeing you and wish them luck with future endeavors. And lastly mention that you really enjoyed the conversation and would love to work with them if given the chance, an expression of interest at the very end can leave a lasting mark.
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