How To Prepare For Senior Job Interviews

Posted on: Thursday, 08 March 2018 in Opinion Pieces .

How To Prepare For Senior Job Interviews

Interviews can be daunting at the best of times, even more so when, as a senior exec, you perhaps haven’t moved jobs in a while or are better versed in the role of interviewer as opposed to interviewee. At C-suite level, quality advice on interview technique can be hard to come by. Below, Clarendon Executive outlines some strategies to help you prepare for and shine in interview.


Consider Style AND Substance

It’s no longer good enough just to talk about your experience in detail when it comes to interviewing for executive level positions – you also need to describe your management style, outline your vision and prove your future ability in the role. Be prepared for high-level interview questions that probe and measure emotional and behavioural intelligence as well as skills and experience.

Quantify Your Achievements

Actions speak louder than words. Have a look at the STAR methodology for developing a compelling story that puts facts and figures around your achievements.

Sell Yourself

Even if you have a fantastic reputation in the industry, you still need to sell yourself in an interview. Use the company name during the interview, make it personal and make a good first impression. Show your enthusiasm for the role and explain how your career objectives fit the future growth and needs of the business you are interviewing for.

Be Your Authentic Yourself

As it’s very likely you will be working closely with those interviewing you, its important to be amicable and friendly, establishing a good rapport early on in the interview. You have to be the right personality for the business. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.


A mistake some senior professionals make is not making time for research prior to interview.

Be sure to immerse yourself in, and understand as best as you can, the company – review their financial statements, annual reports and news articles (any executive search agency worth its salt will supply you with much of this) to identify the implications of trends and proposed strategic actions. Compare their performance with competitors, and use LinkedIn and other social media accounts to build a wider picture of the organisations and its individuals.

Ask Questions

It (almost) goes without saying that you should prepare your own questions – our advice would be to carefully choose those that demonstrate an analytical mind, which is inquisitive but tempered with enthusiasm.


Prepare a career overview pitch and practice it repeatedly until you’re able to talk with effortless fluency about yourself and your achievements.

Joanne McAuley

Joanne McAuley

Joanne McAuley is a Partner at Clarendon Executive, specialists in executive search, performance and the provision of interim management in Northern Ireland. With over 20 years’ experience in recruiting at the highest level, Joanne has an exceptional track record in senior and board appointments within the public, private and third sectors.

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