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Interview Questions to ask Senior-level Executives

Interview Questions to ask Senior-level Executives


WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 SHORT-TERM GOALS FOR THE COMPANY?

WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES THAT YOU FACE THAT MAY PREVENT YOU FROM REALIZING THESE GOALS?

WHAT IS YOUR LONG-TERM STRATEGIC VISION FOR THE COMPANY?

WHAT "MUST'S" HAVE TO OCCUR TO REACH THAT VISION?

IF YOU HAD A MAGIC WAND AND COULD FIX ANYTHING AS IT RELATES TO YOUR BUSINESS, WHAT WOULD THOSE AREAS BE?

WHEN DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPANY TO BE PROFITABLE (IF IT IS NOT)? HAS THE REVENUE AND PROFITABILITY COURSE YOU'VE TAKEN MET YOUR EXPECTATIONS?

HOW CAN A SUCCESSFUL (insert appropriate job title) ASSIST ___________ ACHIEVE THE COMPANY'S PROFITABILITY TARGETS?

WHAT "EUREKA" MOMENTS HAVE TAKEN PLACE WITH THE EVOLUTION OF THE _____________ INITIATIVE OR LAUNCH?

DESCRIBE ___________'S CORPORATE CULTURE AND PERSONALITY. DESCRIBE THE ENVIRONMENT AT ____________.

I READ THAT THE COMPANY JUST RECEIVED FINANCING OF $______. WHAT KEY AREAS DO YOU EXPECT TO INVEST IN?

WHAT MAKES AN OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE OUTSTANDING AT ____________? IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT BEHAVIORS AND PERFORMANCES DO YOUR BEST EMPLOYEES DEMONSTRATE?

FINISH THIS SENTENCE: IF ONLY I HAD SOMEONE WHO COULD ____________________________________________________.

WHAT IS ___________________'S VALUE PROPOSITION?

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AT ___________________?

Asking good, thought-provoking questions of your interviewer is just as important as being prepared to answer tough questions. It is a tactical way to set yourself apart from "ordinary" candidates. Besides, when interviewing with a senior level executive, take advantage of the opportunity to get answers to broader questions that typical middle managers will have little or no knowledge of.

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