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

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Tell me about a project that forced you to be innovative and creative.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 21 percent of employers want to hire candidates with strong creative thinking. Chances are, CEOs will ask candidates how they can push the envelope in their positions once hired.

What to include in your answer:

Talk about a project where you were forced to think outside of the box and utilize your resourcefulness. This helps CEOs understand your willingness to take risks and try new things.

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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