Great Interview Questions: The Executive Interview, The Types of Interviews

Great Questions for the Employer When Interviewing the Hiring Manager


Types of Executive Interviews

When interviewing with a company, you will find yourself in the following situation:

  1. Unstructured Interview
  • More open ended questions


  1. Structured Interview
  • You are asked questions from a list


  1. Informational Interview
  • Where you network for information, not a executive job
  1. Screening Interview
  • Phone interview (majority)
  • Face to Face ( more for local candidates)
  1. One-on-One Interviews (most common of all)
  • Individual Interview
  1. Group Interviews
  • Committee Interview
  • Joint Interview ( 2-3 executive candidates interviewed at the same time)
  • Department Interview
  1. Interactive Interviews
  • Professional Portfolio Interview
  • Shadow Interview (spend time “on the job”)
  • Case Interview (Asked to provide a solutions for actual problem)
  1. Multimedia Interviews
  • Computerized Interviews

(Answer questions on computer 1-2 hours)

  • Videoconferencing Interview ( 50% Fortune 500 use this)
  1. Lunch Interview
  2. Stress Interview (key is to remain calm under pressure)

Lately it seems that the majority of first executive job search interviews in today’s market are now phone interviews. This change has evolved due to the time efficiency  of the phone interview, in addition to the vast number of candidates that they have available to screen from. This is what makes the phone interview the first interview of choice by the majority of hiring authorities. It saves them both time and money!


Remember to be prepared for these different types of executive job  interviews. Sometimes you will not know in advance what type of style of executive job interview you will be in.

The key is to prepared great executive job search interview answers for the great executive job search interview questions that will be asked during the interview. Practice, practice your answers. Write them down first and then verbal practice. If possible practice your answers with a friend, partner or support group person.

The person that lands the executive job is not necessarily the best candidate, but the executive  that has prepared the best for the interview and has the ability to build good rapport during the interview.

I believe in you. I know with practice you will succeed.



Eleanor Anne Sweet


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