The Executive Mic Drop… Don’t Do It!

When you try and explain why the interviewer should hire you and you explain your fantastic career experience you are pointing into the past, doing what senior-level career strategist Saundra Botts calls an Executive Mic drop. The problem is the interviewer wants to hear forward-facing conversation about how you can solve their problems not reminisce about the past. Plus you don’t know if your rear-facing statements are actually differentiating you from the competition. What if you are focusing on how you turned around three companies, and your competition turned around four? If you’d focused instead on the knowledge gained and how it benefits the hiring company it becomes more powerful.

If you’d like some help with avoiding the Executive Mic Drop, our team of advisors, coaches and recruiters is unparalleled in the executive search industry. They will show you how to weave your unique value story together in all the right places – including your resume, LinkedIn profile, networking efforts, and interview – to connect with target companies in an irresistible way.

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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