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UKheadhunters rank arrogance as the area in which senior execs are most likely to fall down

UKheadhunters rank arrogance as the area in which senior execs are most likely to fall down in interview

Women senior executives are worse than men at selling themselves

A new report compiled by InterExec has revealed that arrogance and over-confidence is the most likely trait leading to a senior executive’s downfall in an interview, according to UK headhunters.  This is followed closely by inadequate preparation and poor communication skills – or the inability to listen.

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The same study reveals that women senior executives are worse than men at selling themselves at interviews, with 62% of headhunters saying that women are worse than men at selling themselves at interview.

Over a third of the headhunters said that most, if not all, senior executives have had leadership coaching to help their career – 29% said that most senior executives have had leadership coaching, with 7% saying that all senior executives have had such training.  64% said that some had had leadership coaching.

The report, which was conducted by InterExec, the Confidential Agent that represents senior executives seeking positions paying &pound150,000 to &pound1m, surveyed a cross-section of the top senior executive headhunters across the UK.

Kit Scott-Brown, managing director of InterExec, commented: “There is obviously a need amongst UK senior executives for better training for interviews.  I’m not altogether surprised that arrogance is the most likely characteristic to bring down a senior executive in interview as, at this level, you need to be confident and believe in yourself.  However, there is no excuse for slack communication skills or poor personal presentation.  This is one area in which we can help.  We provide coaching in presentation skills as part of our normal service and firmly believe that these extra skills can help senior executives – both men and women – to secure top positions in their chosen industry.”  

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