You’ve created your executive-level resume, sent it in with a cover letter, and updated your social media presence and LinkedIn profile – hopefully all based on my proven breakthrough strategies. Then you get the phone call. The voice on the other line says: “We’re interested in learning more about you. Can you come in for an interview on Monday?”

Congratulations—you’re now a candidate!

You think to yourself, “excellent, time to prepare.” Wrong.

You should have started your preparation prior to the interview invitation. What do I mean? From the beginning of the interview process, the ultimate goal is to differentiate yourself from all other candidates; this starts with nailing the invitation call, then goes right into strategically preparing for the interview so that you can ultimately position yourself as the top candidate and make the executive leap.

Now that you have the opportunity to interview, you need to be more than a candidate; you must be the executive they’re looking to hire. Planning ahead for interviews starts long before getting the call. It is all in the prep work.  Things you need to start thinking about:

  • You get the call, now what?
  • What strategies can you employ for phone, video, and face-to-face interview success?
  • What are the best ways to position yourself as the number one must-hire and leap over the competition?

I know you may be thinking, “What can Mike tell me about interviewing that I don’t already know? Heck, I’m a CFO, I’m successful, I’ve got it.” While all that is true, in my experience, a good interview can get you the national average compensation increase of 15 percent. A great interview can command 25, 30, 40—maybe even 50 percent more than you are currently making.

Find out how improving your interview skills can secure you even greater compensation than you may have thought.  Visit to learn more.