Your interview for a manager position will be very different from your earlier interviews, which likely focused on your tactical skills.
At this level, the interview will place much more emphasis on your ability to work seamlessly with the executive suite and manage a team effectively. It will also place a premium on how well you can adapt to changing scenarios, markets and technologies, and how you function in a crisis.
As you prepare for your interview, be sure to cover the basics: do the homework on the company you're interviewing with, including their products and approach. Have your "key message points" prepared so you can communicate your strengths.
Also, you need to give thought to some insightful questions that other candidates at your level report being asked, such as: Give an example of when senior management turned to you for advice and counsel; Tell me about your issues/crisis management experience; What is your management style?; Give an example of a difficult management situation and how you resolved it; How do you stay ahead of the trends in technology and new media?; What is challenging for you?; What do you constantly need to remind yourself about? These are all practical steps that will help you prepare for a senior-level interview.
Maryanne Rainone is SVP and MD of Heyman Associates.
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