- You can distinguish relevant from irrelevant information, which is essential for working with a team, client or business, especially in the C-Suite.
- You are self-aware and respectful of peoples’ time.
- You can establish a relationship and build a memorable rapport quickly (which is important with C-Suite colleagues and clients).
- You can bring focused, organized, and strategic attention to issues.
Follow a Specific Format for Each Answer.
It’s important to be concise when you discuss a specific business experience. One method is the S.O.A.R. Answer Method, which stands for Situation, Obstacles, Action, and Results. But be careful to use it a limited way; otherwise, your conversation may sound too prepared or stilted.
You shouldn’t have to ask if they want to hear more.
You can always offer, “I’m happy to go into more detail if that is helpful?” But generally, the recruiter/hiring manager will say so. Personally, when people ask me if they answered my question, my first thought is: If you don’t think you did, you didn’t.