Even a potential candidate whose resume is chock full of impressive achievements can fall flat in an executive job interview if he or she cannot successfully promote his or her leadership skills and demonstrate your leadership expertise.
You do not want to be the candidate that makes this costly mistake.
To effectively demonstrate your leadership expertise in your next executive job interview, use the following tips:
Create a Leadership Narrative
As you prepare for your job interview, you can be certain the hiring manager will ask you behavioural leadership questions. You can bank on questions similar to, “What is your greatest achievement in the workplace?” or “Describe a time you had to lead a difficult team” to show up during your interview.
To effectively answer these types of questions, it is best to create a narrative—highlighting your STAR stories—that describes the situation, your insights, how you set goals, and successfully navigated these career experiences. By doing so, you create an image of your leadership skills for the interview panel. Demonstrating your leadership skills goes a lot further than merely stating you are a leader.
Quantify Your Successes
Providing facts and data not only illustrates your leadership successes but also builds confidence that you are not merely exaggerating your skills and expertise. Therefore, if your accomplishments resulted in bringing in more revenue or minimizing a problem, be sure to state those results in quantifiable terms.
Furthermore, facts and data help hiring managers envision how your specific experiences and leadership will look in their company.
Highlight Your Everyday Leadership
During job interviews, it is tempting to showcase your major career accomplishments; however, doing so is a disservice to your overall leadership skills. Being a leader is just as much about handling the day-to-day decisions that lead your teams as it is about the big moments. Therefore, it is essential to also highlight your everyday leadership skills.
Speak with Confidence
Ensure your tone of voice and body language radiate confidence. When you talk about your leadership expertise, you want to portray yourself as a leader. A calm, controlled voice and body language help the hiring manager to see you in the position as a leader within the climate of the company.