15 May 6 Top Interview Questions for Senior Executives
Top 6 types of job interview questions for senior executives
Even senior professionals can feel unsure on how to approach their executive job interview. You may even have experience of being on the other side of the coin, but becoming the candidate can be daunting and a bit of a challenge still.
Preparation is always key and you must come across as a high caliber candidate that stands out from the rest. So you need to be prepared for the tough questions.
To help you along the way, here are the 6 most common types of interview questions for senior managers;
• WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
• WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
• TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF?
For this standard questions keep your response short, up to around 2 minutes. Focus on your past experience, future goals and talk about how the company will fit in with your own plans.
“I have always had an interest in computers and how they work. As a child when my friends were playing games I would try and write my own gaming codes. My education has helped support my passion for technology, and with having over 10 years in this industry I think I would be an excellent fit at Advanced Software Solutions. I particularly like your style and initiative and I have lots of ideas that I would look forward to implementing at your company”
• How many people use Twitter everyday in the UK?
• How tall is Big Ben?
• How many tube stations are there in London?
This is to test your analytical skills, with questions like these the actual figure isn’t important, it’s your problem solving method which they are looking at. Asking questions to ensure you have all the details necessary to give an answer shows you are planning instead of rushing. No calculators needed, just be composed and explain your thought process.
“The population of the U.K is around 65 million. Say 90% of the UK use the internet, with around half of them having a twitter account, then approximately 25 million use twitter”
• Can you tell me about a time when you had to make an unpopular decision?
• Have you ever broken a rule? What was the rule and why?
• What kind of process do you use when making a tough decision?
The interviewer is looking out for your ability to make quick decisions under pressure, defend answers and how you present your rationale when coming to a conclusion. You need to be able to explain your decision making.
“I was in charge of making redundancies to certain areas of the business. I had to consider employee’s performance reviews, their senior level and sales figures. After reaching a conclusion I ensured all employees that were impacted were treated fairly. “
• What was your greatest success in your last company?
• How would you address tension between you and your employees?
• Name three traits that you dislike in co-workers and employees?
This is to understand what your people skills are like, which is a huge factor when applying for a senior management role. Use anything from your past work experience which illustrates and highlights your leadership and conflict resolution ability.
“Being disorganized is something that I feel hinders the workforce. If a colleague is disorganized in their work then this can lead to delays and errors . Having the wrong attitude at work, if someone dislikes their job then they should communicate this in the right way and try and resolve this, I struggle with negativity in the office. Lack of knowledge of work and industry, I feel all staff should make a conscientious effort to understand and learn the job at hand and speak up if they are struggling to do so.”
• What are your hobbies?
• Who is your hero?
• What websites do you visit most often?
Be honest here as it will determine if you will fit with the general culture of the office. Match your answers to that of the values of the organisation too.
“I am subscribed to The Economist as I like to keep up to date on current affairs. I also follow Yahoo Finance and Business Insider UK as I can keep in the know of how well business’ are doing and I can learn a lot about climate change and global issues which are important to me”
• What do you think about our company?
• How would you handle our biggest competitor?
• What’s the biggest challenge facing our company today?
Just read up on as much as you can about the company, what theyd o how long they have been doing it for, who runs it, what they plan on doing in the future. Prepare as much as possible.
“It has an outstanding reputation for delivering quality and service and is one of the top innovative companies in it’s industry. Being set up by experienced and passionate corporate individuals, this has set the foundation for a thriving company that is adapting to the economy in a way that see’s it surpass its competitors”
We hope this has been helpful and has given you some idea of how to approach those challenging questions. Feel free to view our executive roles we have at the moment, and MA executive are on hand to match your skills to the right job and make sure you are ready for that all important interview. With over 15 years recruitment experience you are in the right place to help further your career.
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Written by Kimberley Bailey-Sumner