If you’re like most of us, you weren’t thrilled when your teachers gave you homework assignments. However, candidates interviewing with executives for a new position should be eager to do their homework. Taking the time to do your research not only shows your interest in the company, it demonstrates your thoroughness and allows you to converse on a higher level than other candidates.
- Research the Internet for information on the company and the executives you’ll be interviewing with.
- Look for articles they’ve written and read them. This may help you get a good perspective on their vision for the company as well as his or her management style, and perhaps even a glimpse into what they look for in professionals.
You probably know that hiring managers will be examining your presence in the social media. Do your research too. See what the company and the executives are doing on the various social media platforms. In the business world, LinkedIn and Twitter are probably the two most important social media sites.
When you’re sitting across from the CEO, be engaging and let them know that leadership is important to you. Ask questions, but stay centered on topics that are related to the business or profession. Ask about their goals and their journey to being a CEO. You want to show genuine interest without fawning.
Of course, at the end of the day, the company is looking for talent. Find opportunities within your conversation to discuss some of your professional accomplishments. Be proud of what you have done without boasting.
And one final tip: Ask for the job! If you’ve done your homework, there’s a great chance you’ll get the answer you were hoping to hear.