Ace the interview

The more senior the position, the higher the expectations of those people making the hiring decision and greater the quality of the competition.

How would you answer the question “What do you know about our company?”

The more senior the position for which you are applying the more that will be expected of you. You would need to be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the company’s:

Line of business | Ownership | Stock performance | Growth rate | Profitability | Margins | Market share | Business driving factors

Here’s an example of some of the questions you may wish to ask:

  • What would you like to cover today and how long have we got?
  • I’m interested to understand more about your company today and how you see it developing, perhaps in the contexts of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
  • “How has the position arisen?”
  • “What is the nature of the job role?” AND “What are the key performance measurements?”
  • “What attributes are you looking for in a candidate?”

How to close the interview

Here’s a set of questions you may wish to put to the interviewer (collectively not separately i.e. you are asking 4 questions without pausing):

  • Prefix this with a softener such as “I hope you don’t mind me asking” or “From what I have gathered so far, this looks like an interesting opportunity to me, and one I would like to progress”….
  • “What’s your recruitment process, how do you feel about my suitability to your company and the role? What happens next? AND what timescales are you working to?”

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