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Tell Me About Yourself for C Suite Professionals (VIDEO)


In this video, I explain how to answer this classic interview question for those in the C Suite professionals.

Summary

I wanted to speak to those of you today who are either in the C suite or are aspiring to the C suite about answering the classic, "Tell me about yourself," question at your level. You see, for staff level individuals, they have to skirt around part of the answer. However, for you, there us a bit different approach that I encourage people to take.

You see, you have a longer career. As a result, you can't talk about 20, 25 or 30 years of your career when answering that "tell me about yourself" question. You can basically do something along the lines of, "I have a pretty lengthy career were I've done a lot of different things. At this stage, what I focused in on is 3 different things." Then you hit on all cylinders on those 3 points. 15 seconds on each of the individual points. That's because you don't want to do this lengthy monologue. After all, when you doing interview and asked that question, you want to hear someone droned on for 2 minutes or more talking about what they had done professionally.

You want the people who will be listening to you to choose between the menu of 3 choices and zero in on the one that makes the most sense for them. With that, you know where to dive in. You can't get away with being a generalist. You can't talk about 50 different things that you have done. Obviously, I'm exaggerating but you know what I'm talking about.

You have expertise and the zeal in your career and have probably zeroed in on that area, right? Focus in on that. Don't try to be all things to all people. If you do, you will wind up being nothing to everyone.

Focus in. Talk about 3 things that you are particularly good at and that you can really excel at if you join the organization. If they don't need what you have to sell, that is okay. They probably wouldn't have hired you anyway and probably don't have relationships where they could capitalize on those things. Again, focusing on where the strengths really are. 3 things. Tops!

You can get away with 2 but it is a missed opportunity. Then, dive into the subject.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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Who Are Your Enemies? (VIDEO)


This is a question that’s asked of executive job hunters by senior professionals they are interviewing with. There is a way to do this best. Here, I discuss it.

Summary

1 of my coaching clients was on an interview this past week and was asked this FABULOUS question on their interview. I'll explain why like it in a moment. The question is, "Who are your enemies?"

I coach executive job hunters and, along the way, you will invariably butt heads with people. After all, is not all Kumbaya professionally, right? There are people who you have disagreements with. What a firm is looking for is the story and the texture behind it.

I'm not going to go into this person's story except to say in answering the question, when asked of him, I think. He made a small mistake. I just explained how to answer the question past.

When he answered the question, he spoke about something that was 10 years and is past without stating that it was 10 years and is past. It is not the problem that he had a disagreement. But, to me, he could've done a touch better by just simply saying, "10 years ago I was far less experience than I am now. I was in a situation where I…" And that he would go on to the rest of the story. In this particular case, he might've said, "We had a COO who is eavesdropping on phone calls, reading people's email and the mist, and it was problematic. Ultimately, there was a reason why he was doing it, but he never explained why." The "Miss" here was not being clear that the episode was 10 years in the past, and then talking about the mistakes he made and how, he made an enemy in the situation.

This is only going to be asked of the senior individual. The person who interviewed him , knew the firm knew the board members involved in news important that this question be opened up because he would've found out about it anyway. That's the reality for senior professionals. It doesn't matter where in the country you are, what industry you are in, people know people and there's always a way to check out the accuracy of what you tell them.

Part of your role as an executive in an organization is having the self-awareness to admit that you make mistakes and talk about what you learned from the mistakes that you make. No one expects perfection and had you said, "You know, I don't think I've ever made an enemy in my career," you would signal to them that you are an idiot.

You have to open up about this stuff, but you have to put in a context from years past. Frankly, that's what most of us make our mistakes, right? We make more mistakes when we were junior, bit more critical mistakes when we were less experienced then we do now when we are senior professionals.

That's the way to do it. You contextualize it by talking about something that you did many years ago AND you say it was for many years ago so that they know that for fact (for example, "10 years ago when I was less experience than I am now…"). After you set the context is that being an older event, you tell them how you would have handled it differently now that you have more experience.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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Executive Job Search (VIDEO)


You won’t find a job or use the same tactics as when you were starting out or even a manager. Your network is your net worth and now is the time to explore its value.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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