9 Ways to Ace the IT Executive Interview

Your networking and resume work has paid off. You finally landed an interview for your dream job as an IT executive and you couldn't be more excited. The only thing that stands between you and the executive washroom is the interview itself.

Interviewing for executive positions is a tricky business and at times feels like running a gauntlet. You have to interview with different people, convey the story of your value and there's no hiding behind your monitor. You are exposed. While there will always be things out of your control, preparation is the key and with that in mind CIO.com has put together this list to help you nail your next interview.

Executive interviews are unlike other positions you may have interviewed for in the past. There are normally several people or groups to interview with and the process can be much longer than for a typical IT management role. How you prepare and conduct yourself is the key, as in any interview, but at this level your presentation has to be perfect.

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What's Important to Employers

Interviewing can make you feel powerless, but what's important to remember is that both parties are there to find out if this match will work out, much like a first date. Underneath all the resumes and interview questions, employers are essentially after three critical pieces of data.

  • Are you capable of doing the job?
  • Will you fit in with our culture?
  • Are you passionate about what you do?

When you get to this level in IT, it becomes less about technical skills and more about your leadership and ability to influence people. If you've prepared yourself correctly, the career achievements you highlight will showcase the answers to these questions.

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