Prepare, assess, review and benefit

Interviews are an opportunity for you to demonstrate how you can meet the needs of the employer. Feedback from recruiters and executive search firms suggests that executives are not always very well prepared and fail to answer questions succinctly.

Review and research

Review the CV you used for your application and ensure you can speak in detail about all the achievements you referenced and others that illustrate the same competency. Research the industry, company and person that you will be meeting with.

What you should know about interviews

There are several types of interviews to be aware of, each of which requires a different approach and preparation, including competency-based interviews, assessment centres, case study interviews, panel interviews and telephone interviews.

Assessment centres

Assessment centres are used by organisations to standardise the assessment of technical skills and personal style of a group of candidates. They use processes or tests that measure against a predetermined set of standards. Interviews, personality questionnaires, group exercises and numerical and verbal reasoning tests are the main selection tools used at assessment centres.

You can't really practise for group exercises and personality tests. It is better just to be yourself and try not to second-guess what organisations want. However, you can practise for numerical and verbal reasoning tests, giving yourself a better chance of a higher score on the day. To prepare for numerical and verbal reasoning tests, you can revisit the work you did in preparing for your GMAT test. You might want to do a few practice tests, as they are often similar in content to the management-level tests most companies use.

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