How to Prepare for a Corporate Board Seat Interview

The company’s board has to be convinced that the new employee is a good fit for the company before they are able to approve the hiring. The interview is a vital element of the hiring process.

Board members would like to hear candidates discuss their relevant abilities and experiences that make them well suited for the role with particular attention to their value. Interviewers frequently ask questions to determine the candidate’s comprehension of the complicated and challenging issues that a board member might face.

They will also want an understanding of how a candidate handles conflicts and how can effectively interact with other board members with respect. Boards often inquire about how candidates would handle specific issues such as shareholder engagement and potential conflicts of interest. They will also want to know if the candidate is ethical and responsible.

Companies usually provide applicants with a set of materials to read before the interview. It’s not enough to do just a quick glance through these to gain a complete knowledge of the company, its current C-suite and board members along with the dynamics of the industry and the most significant risks. The best way to prepare is to listen to CEO conversations with investors and analysts as per Deb DeHaas, the two-time public company board member and chief executive officer of the Corporate Leadership Center. She says candidates should be able to articulate why they are interested in the company, its product, or its challenges and how they can contribute to solving these issues.

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