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Better Questions to ask when conducting senior and executive interviews.

Interviewing potential leaders and directors for your business rigorously is a critical process. Getting it wrong can lead to costly mistakes, and with the current economic 2023 climate, it is more important than ever to get it right. Asking the right questions is essential to gaining the most revealing answers and making the right hire.

Here are eight thought-provoking interview questions that can help ensure you make the right choice…

  1. What new ideas do you have that can help us stay competitive in the marketplace?

This question will help you find out if the candidate is creative and innovative, and how they can help you stay ahead of the competition.

  1. What have you done in the past that has enabled you to challenge yourself?

This question will provide insight into how the candidate approaches their work, and if they are willing to push themselves toreach their goals.

  1. How do you handle difficult situations or difficult people?

This question will help you assess the candidate’s problem-solving skills and ability to remain calm and professional when faced with challenging circumstances.

  1. What have you done to improve your skills in the past year?

This question will demonstrate the candidate’s willingness to stay up-to-date and continue learning and growing.

  1. What have been some of your biggest successes in your career so far?

This question will help you to understand the candidate’s track record of success and what kind of results they are capable ofachieving.

  1. How do you manage your time to ensure you are productive?

This question will reveal the candidate’s work ethic and ability to stay on track and accomplish tasks in a timely manner.

  1. What would you do if a project was taking longer than expected?

This question will show how the candidate reacts to setbacks and if they are able to adjust their plan and still deliver results.

8. What would you do if you disagreed with a decision made by the executive team or CEO?

This question will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to handle conflict and show respect to their colleagues, even when theyhave different opinions.


Hiring the right leader for your business in 2023 is essential for success in this economic climate. Asking thought- provoking questions during the interview process can help you gain the most revealing answers and make the best hire.

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