Are you taking the next leap in your retail career into an executive level role? Or maybe you are already in an executive role and you are moving onto a job as a director of a retail chain. No matter what stage you are at, it is important to be adequately prepared for your job interview, particularly if you are progressing your career to an exec level role. These are some ways to make sure you are prepared.

Practice journey

There is nothing more off-putting for an interviewer than someone who turns up late, and it could easily make the difference between being successful or not at your interview. It also starts you off on a very negative footing. An easy solution to this is to prepare your journey in advance, so you know exactly where you are going and how long it takes. Even better, why not find a local coffee shop and get there early for a bit of preparation before your interview? This will give you peace of mind that you won’t be caught up in any unexpected traffic problems.

Look the part

This is the time to dust down your best suit or alternatively, go and buy some new clothes for your interview. You want to look your very best and with an exec role, you are going to be representing the company, so they will expect you to make an effort.

Conduct research

With an exec role, you should be going a few steps further than the usual research you would do in preparation for an interview. It won’t be enough just to know the number of employees and office locations a company has, you should know a lot more about their financial position and any future expansion plans. You should find the financial statements on the website or, alternatively, find them at Company House. Consider the competitors and the challenges the company faces. It is a good idea to look at any news articles on them and also check out reviews on Glassdoor. If you gain a good understanding of where the company stands and what the employees think of the company, you will be in a better position to know how you can help them achieve better results.

Your main achievements

It is important to document your achievements throughout your career and rehearse these so you can speak confidently about them during your interview. Make sure you know exactly what has brought you to this stage in your career and the direction you are going in. If in doubt, why not practise with someone so they can point out any areas you may need to make some tweaks.

Ask questions

Most interviewers will give you the opportunity to ask some questions and if you don’t have any, it may look like you are not really interested or enthusiastic. It is important to have some good questions prepared for after your interview. These may include questions about the challenges of the company, how they are looking to expand in the future or embrace new developments in their industry etc. Avoid any questions relating to salary or benefits, you can ask these if you are offered the job.

If you are looking for your next exec role, get in touch with us at Anthony Gregg Partnership today and we will be happy to help.

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