How to Prepare for a Corporate Board Seat Interview

You’ve worked hard to get an interview on a corporate board. You’ve completed all the steps you can to make it happen – networked to build your profile, written your elevator speech and informed your professional network about your interest in board service and applied. You should be proud you have reached this milestone in your journey to board. But, the interview is only one of many steps you have to take in the path to securing an office seat.

The interview gives the company a chance to see if you can contribute value to their company and help them meet their the strategic goals. In the course of the interview, the company will ask you questions regarding your experience and background to assess your leadership skills. They may also inquire about the culture of their board and how you’ll integrate with the existing board members.

It is essential to prepare for the interview by understanding your unique value proposition (BVP). You need to know what differentiates you from the other candidates and how that can add value to the entire board. This BVP should be at the forefront of your thoughts throughout the entire interview. Be aware of any conflicts of interests that you might face, which could hinder your ability to become an official member of the board. Knowing this information will allow you to address these concerns in an informed way with the interviewers.

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