Executive Interviews – Don’t Forget To Put Them In The Hot Seat
Interview them as much as they interview you…
When you are heavily engrossed in a “I-need-new-job-please-hire-me” job search mode, it is easy to forget that as the executive job seeker you must interview the company as well.
At the end of the day, it is really about the right fit for both sides. You will unproductive, intellectually stimulated or creative in an environment that saps your energy, goes against your values, and disrupts your personal interests.
So, in an interview if you have the opportunity to ask questions – please, please take advantage of that time! When you are diligently preparing for interview questions, make sure that you take the time to create some of your own questions for the interviewer. Consider this – what do you want to know about the company, what are dealmakersordeal breakers for you?
Here are a few good questions to consider:
What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years and what can you tell me about your new product or plans for growth?
Why is this position open and how many persons have held it in the past 12 months? (If more than two, run!!)
How will my performance be evaluated – on annual revenues, market growth, cost savings, team performance, etc?
What are important strengths, skills, and qualifications in order for someone in this position to succeed?
What are the top three challenges that the company/division is facing right now?
Can you tell me about the most critical projects that your team is handling at the moment?
Will it be possible to meet other members of the team to learn more about the company’s culture and working environment?
How soon are you looking to fill the position and what are the next steps?