Executive Interviewing Preparation Tips You'd Never Think Of (and Some
Are you preparing for an executive interview and seriously concerned that you
won’t be ready when you sit across from the interviewer? This is a concern that
many other executives have, no matter how many interviews they’ve been on (or
You’ve probably heard a ton of advice about ways to prepare for an interview, but
just when you think you’ve heard it all, something jumps out that could actually
work for you. So if you’re preparing for an interview, consider some of the following
tips that you may never have thought of in a million years.
Prepare in an Office Space
While preparing for your interview, it doesn’t hurt to do so in a space that reminds
you of a serious, office environment. For instance, if you have an office in your
home, it’s good to organize your thoughts in this space. While there’s
fundamentally no harm in doing so in front of the TV or while you’re watching the
kids play, it’s often easier to place yourself in an interviewing “zone” if you’re in a
quiet area reminiscent of an interviewing location.
Rehearse in Front of a Mirror
Another quirky, yet helpful, preparation tip is to consider rehearsing in front of a
mirror. While you should have professional conversation down to a science,
sometimes it’s good to be aware of the facial expressions you’re giving off, as well
as how you hold your body during an interview. Often times, we don’t know what
type of message we’re sending by the way we sit, hold our arms, or look at others.
By practicing in front of the mirror, you could possibly fine-tune your reactions and
even cure a few nervous ticks.
Talk in Front of Your Kids
A large aspect of interviewing at the executive level is being able to tell a good
story about who you are and what you’ve accomplished while keeping the attention
of everyone in the room. Everyone knows that children have the shortest attention
spans in the world, so if you try to tell