Preparing for a Job Interview with the CEO: Ten Questions and Answers

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Job Hopping

Why have you had X number of jobs over the last X years?

In today's workforce, it's not uncommon for professionals to job hop. In fact, more than half of employers have hired a job hopper. Most CEOs ask this question because they want to learn about your loyalty to previous employers and your decision-making process.

What to include in your answer:

When talking about your job history, focus on experiences that shaped your career in a positive way. For instance, explain that you've been searching for the right job that fits your career goals and how the position you're interviewing for fits these goals.

So you have a job interview, and with the company's CEO, no less. While getting ready for any job interview takes a dedicated amount of work and effort, and comes with a fair amount of stress, getting ready for a C-level interview can be downright intimidating. This is the top brass, the one that (hopefully) has a vested interested in the long-term success of the company.

So what do you do? Research on the company would obviously be first on the list. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be. But, you also need to fully understand your past and your motivation for doing the work entailed in the job for which you are applying. Think long-term career goals. In this slideshow, Heather Huhman, writing for, has identified 10 tough questions you should give serious consideration and be prepared to answer before you speak to the CEO.


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