As a leader and a public presence, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) plays a vital role to lead a company’s success or failure. It is such a highly demanding position that requires a candidate to have a wide variety of knowledge, skills and experiences. If you are qualified and applying for a CEO position, you should articulate your abilities within an exemplary interview performance.
1. Understand the basics.
Even though you are interviewing for a senior level position, it is still important to pay attention to little things that could make a difference. Arrive at the scheduled interview location at least ten to twenty minutes earlier to allow some time for relax. Turn off your cell phone completely so as your other electronics before you step into the office. Dress yourself appropriately as a CEO and portray yourself with the utmost professionalism.
2. Research on the organization.
Prior to the interview, get familiar with the company’s recent conditions including figures, ongoing events, rising employees, etc. Make sure that you learn all the board members and have read the annual report, strategic plan and financial statement. As a CEO, you should possess broad understanding of all the components that make up an organization. Some of these points are likely to be brought up several times during the interview.
3. Look into the future.
CEO is responsible to take a company towards a new era filled with new and great goals. Give some examples of your previous working experience, explain how you have contributed to the company’s goals and relate how you plan to positively influence your new organization. Propose new and inventive ideas that you can help your potential employer evolve in the future and achieve new goals. Demonstrate a realistic yet confident picture of your success, but please avoid boasting.
4. Five vital aspects.
During your interview, there are five vital aspects of your career will be addressed, namely strategic management, management skills, marketing and public relations, budgeting and situational experiences. You should anticipate these questions and brainstorm some well-thought and specific answers pertaining to each question.
5. Conclude the interview positively.
At the end of your interview, you are recommended to ask at least three questions before concluding. Give the interview a firm handshake and a warm smile. Don’t forget to thank your interviewer for their time with you and follow up with a thank-you letter or email within 24 hours of interview. Briefly reinstate your interest for the position and outline why you are a good fit for the job.
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