I have an interview coming up with a very, very senior leader at a tech start up. Interviewing for a comms role. This is the first interview I’ve ever had with someone this senior and I really want this role…what is an interview tip/trick or piece of advice you wish you knew early in your career? Ways to ease nerves?

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If they’re that senior, look for everything they’ve said on the record. Interviews, profiles, speeches to their alma mater. Get a feel for their personality, interests, etc. Engage with that or even sneakily parrot it back.

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Have some questions lined up in advance: what they hope the person filling this role will bring to the table, what the expectations are, how they define the function of communications, what characteristics are needed to thrive at the company, what this persons vision is for the company, etc. do you research and tell them why you’re interested in talking to them/working for them; don’t be afraid to show off your knowledge of them and your passion for their business. Most of all be authentic to you - remember senior people are just people. Good luck OP!

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