How to tell the difference between an ‘empty suit’ and an effective executive

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 10, 2013

When interviewing to fill an executive position, beware of false confidence.

The executive interview process places a huge premium on executive presence. People look for gravitas, charisma, and people who are “comfortable in their own skin.” Interviewers like the sound of a crisp, confident, polished answer to a question.

So when someone looks the part and speaks confidently, you enter a dangerous part of the interview —where you might let your guard down and start asking the candidate his philosophy on managing or what he thinks of your company’s strategy.

“Empty Suits” ace most interview questions. They know how to work a conference room.

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Topics: Hiring Managers, Recruiting On Your Own