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Top tier: how to nail an executive-level job interview

To stand out from the competition for an executive-level position, you have to have the right answers, be prepared to demonstrate your skills, ask the right questions yourself and cover all the essential job seeker bases.

Executive-level positions require plenty of industry experience, and you have to be ready to show that you are already an industry exec or one just waiting for their opportunity to shine.

If you’re planning for an interview with executive recruitment in Sydney, Melbourne or beyond, it’s important to know just what your potential employer wants out of you come interview time.

So, with this in mind, here are three top tips for acing your executive-level interview.

Demonstrate your achievements

It’s no good just saying you've worked a similar position before if you can’t demonstrate your achievements in that position. Instead of just saying, ‘sure, I’ve worked on project management before, you should be saying, ‘in my last role, I oversaw the planning period for X project that brought in 70 new clients...’

You can also talk about metrics including the number of projects you’ve managed, the size of teams you have managed and talk about the scope of your previous positions (we were handling a 200 client portfolio etc.).

See the pattern here? Talking metrics and numbers is a good thing: your executive interviews team wants to hear that you have the experience in a similar role and have success in a similar role.

When they hear that you were successful in your previous position and can demonstrate this success (with the references to back it), you will be in a pretty good position to move to the next interview phase.

Show them you can do that for them, too

Sure, you achieved amazing things at your last role, but how will you take that experience and transfer it to your potential employer? You want to show the company that your skills weren’t simply limited to a role you enjoyed previously - you have to create an image of you doing the same thing there, too.

Do your research to gain an understanding of the company’s goals and values before discussing them at the interview with yourself in the picture. Show them that you are passionate about the company and position and that you really want to help them achieve.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, even better, as your interviewers will see that you have truly taken the time to not only prepare for your interview, but also to prepare for your future at the company - it’s almost like psychologically putting one foot in the door.

Be passionate & personal

Look, whilst past experience and metrics are important, companies aren’t just looking for some numbers drone, either. They want to know that you are friendly, personable and can be the ultimate leader for a winning team.

Be sure to show off your personal side and make your potential employer know that they will be happy to work alongside you. If the role involves some form of leadership, be sure to talk about your passion for leadership and how you’ve loved leading a team in the past.

Also, be sure to learn your interviewers’ names and use them occasionally throughout the interview. It’s really important that your potential employer sees that you have some passion, spirit and overall enthusiasm for not only the role, but the personability of an executive-level position.

If you can nail these three imperative recruitment interview facets, you're putting yourself in a good spot to get to the next phase of the process.

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