How to be a LOSER in Executive Job Interviews

by Meg Guiseppi on August 14, 2009


Want to be sure you’re fully prepared to give the best possible interviews?

When you’re rehearsing and reminding yourself what compelling points you MUST make, be sure you DON’T do what recruiters and hiring decision makers say turn them off the most.

As a follow-up to my recent post What NOT To Do in a Senior-level Executive Job Interview, here are 10 more interview behaviors c-level / senior-level executives must avoid, from Katharine Hansen’s research for her upcoming book “Top Notch Executive Interviews”, a companion to her book Top Notch Executive Resumes:

1. Candidate trashes former employers.

2. Candidate fails to provide examples of skills or experience.

3. Candidate demonstrates inadequate knowledge of prospective employer.

4. Candidate fails to grasp employer’s priorities for position.

5. Candidate is coy about desire to have the job; acts unattainable.

6. Candidate is unenthusiastic, lacks energy.

7. Candidate has weak handshake.

8. Candidate reeks of cigarettes.

9. Candidate fails to ask substantive questions, or asks “me first” questions.

10. Candidate gives scripted responses that sound like they came from a book.

Related posts:

How to Leverage C-A-R Storytelling for Executive Branding and Job Search

Mastering the C-level Executive Interview

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