Remember that [Board] interviews are peer-to-peer

Athena Alliance Newsletter 2/9/2023

Try to relax as much as possible. By the time you are interviewing, the board already knows you have the hard skills required. You do not need to prove how much you know; more interesting is how fast you can learn. What is your sense of inquiry? Do you want to be right or do you want to be effective? Understand that the main function of the board is to provide foresight and oversight, you are not interviewing to run the company.

The interviewers are primarily assessing whether or not you’re a cultural fit. Are you somebody who they can spend eight hours a day in a room with? Can you disagree without being disagreeable? Can you focus on getting the job done?

Consider how you answer their questions – highlight your interpersonal skills. Do you have the ability to summarize your experience well? Do you notice the way the other person is responding to you? Have you paced yourself and taken pauses?

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