To have an interview with a CEO is a great opportunity. CEOs do not meet anybody. They meet only with job applicants for the most important positions in the company, at least if we speak about middle sized and big companies. In a small company (less than 40 employees), CEO is sometimes doing all the work and leads all the interviews. Therefore, if you have an interview with CEO in a small company, please skip to second interview questions. If you have an interview in middle sized company or a big one, continue reading.

CEO is a specific guy. He is most likely the most experienced person in the company in terms of business. On the other hand, he is not the expert when it comes to recruiting new people. He does not use any form of assessment center, does not test your intelligence or personality. CEO gets all these information about you from their employees, people who interviewed you before this job interview with a CEO.


Interview with CEO is very specific

Because of that, this interview is very specific and differs in many ways to a typical interview. CEO has a different way of thinking than other employees of the company. He does look at you from two perspectives: He sees you as a potential asset and as a potential expense of the company at the same time. That’s the only thing he cares about – the revenues and expenses. If you convince him in an interview that your are more an asset than an expense, he will give you a job. How to do it?
First of all, you should show him what you can do for his company. You should try to demonstrate on practical examples from your past experience, how his company can benefit from having you in the team. That means:

  • Speaking about your achievements from the point of view of an employer. (Did you help to increase the revenue of the company, level of customer satisfaction or to cut the costs?)
  • Demonstrating on everything you say, that you have great communication skills and understanding for the business the company is involved in (that means speaking to the point, knowing the latest trends in the industry, etc.).


What questions to expect from a CEO?

CEO will ask you questions about your experience mostly. He will discuss with you what you have done, as well as what you achieved. He will not inquire about your weaknesses or about similar things. So, do not be afraid of any typical interview questions. In this interview, you can expect to get questions of this type:

  • What have you done on a position XY? Can you tell me more about your specific duties and responsibilities?
  • Did you have any goals on a position XYZ? What were these goals? Did you achieve it?
  • Can you tell me more about the latest project you worked on? Did you face any problems?
  • What do you think matters the most in our industry?
  • How do you imagine your future in our company? What position would you like to have in five years time?


Relationship is the most important thing for CEOs

As I already said, CEOs are not experts in recruiting people. You can easily win your interview with a CEO by building a good relationship with him or her in an interview. How to do it?

  • First of all, you need to speak the same language he does. That’s the language of the profit of the company.
  • Secondly, you should think on the same wavelength he thinks.
  • And on the top of that, you should use honest compliments, be interested in the company and smile.


Job interview with CEO may seem difficult. And it really is, if you can not think business and talk business. But once you set your mind on the wavelength of the CEO, it’s actually quite easy to make a good impression and be chosen for the job.