Have you got what it takes to secure an executive role? Job hunting is stressful. Just spending time looking for appropriate jobs in the paper or on the internet is frustrating and you know that when you find one or two executive appointments that you want to apply for, you will be up against a lot of competition.
Standing out from the crowd is important at every stage of the process. From your CV to your final interview, you want to be the candidate that impresses. Whether this is your first executive position, or you are a seasoned senior manager, you still need to make your application and interview different enough to secure the job.
If you’re dealing with an executive recruitment agency, there are three key areas where you need to be on top of your game in order to increase your chances of success:
1. On the Phone
Often, your first direct contact with a recruitment firm is on the phone. A telephone interview is a real test of your skills, because you can’t use eye contact of body language to reinforce what you’re saying; you have to rely on being prepared, focused and flexible so that you create a great impression.
2. Your CV
The key here is to focus on your achievements and experience, making everything you put on your CV directly relevant to the position. The internet is awash with information on how to make your CV more presentable, but there are some key points to remember:
Â Keep it short
Â Keep it relevant
Â Put your contact details at the top
Â Focus on things you’ve achieved, rather than your skills
3. Your interview
The interview for an executive appointment Â either as a preliminary with the recruitment agent or a first or second interview with the company Â is your best opportunity to show that you will be an asset to the business. Self-confidence is important, but not to the point where it could be viewed as arrogance. Use positive language and positive body language, give examples to show how you have achieved results in your current position and ask intelligent questions. Make sure you have researched the company well before your interview and double-check the requirements of the job.
The executive appointments market is a competitive one, and following these steps could increase your chances of success.