When you are looking to make the Big Leap – the one that puts you closer to the power centers of a business or organization - the interview process will likely be different from what you’ve experienced before. The more senior the person or people you’re interviewing with, the more definite their ideas are likely to be about what they’re looking for. They know that their own continued success depends on hiring the best people.
So how do you prove your readiness for the big leagues? By thinking like a big-league player. This interview will be different from others. But it will be your best chance to impress the decision-makers. So there are some key points you want to be certain
you get across.
Here are tips to help you succeed.
l. Show you get the big picture.
Any number of interview-candidates may possess specific subject-knowledge valuable to a business. But the candidate who goes beyond mere information and displays an ability to use it well is more likely to get the Job. Senior executives and managers generally want people who pay attention to and understand the broader view.
Demonstrate….you recognize patterns and understand their importance that you know how to use and synthesize information.
2. Find out what keeps the boss up at it night.
Do your homework so you understand not the job or promotion for which you are
applying, but also the job of the senior executive above it. Do you know to whom
this person reports and what the top issues are for your boss’s boss?
Make that knowledge part of your interview conversation. Show an interest not only in the specifics of the job, but in the product and markets for that company. Ask broad questions.
What do you think the potential growth in the Indian market is?
3. Look for answers.
Senior managers are looking for candidates who are creative thinkers focused on finding solutions. It is less important that you show you know the details of the problems the
organization faces than that you're able to demonstrate readiness to look for options and
Think about problems in the past you have identified and managed to solve. Show readiness to tackle the tough issues.
4. Show some guts.
Chances are whoever you’re interviewing with got where he is by showing some moxie
and you should too. Top people need and want folks around them who are not afraid to speak up and will confidently assert their ideas. It is the only way to be part of the process.
Be ready with an example of a time when you weren't afraid to go out on a limb and your action helped bring about real change.