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

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Interests and Hobbies

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

This is another question employers ask to learn more about your personality and values.

What to include in your answer:

It's important to be genuine when answering this question. Talk about interests and hobbies that have shaped you as a person, and that are also appropriate for an interview setting. For example, talk about how you're a marathon runner in your free time or that you teach a yoga class. Sharing interests, such as these, display how your work ethic and leadership skills transfer into your personal life.

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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