How to Ace the Corporate Board Seat Interview

In the process of interviewing for a seat on the board, the panel will ask you about your board readiness and how you can add value to the company. The majority of boards are looking for candidates with a strong level of knowledge in the industry, a diverse perspective and specific skills that are in addition to those of current board members.

To demonstrate the value of this, you should be prepared to provide examples of strategic decisions you have made in previous roles on the committee or board level. You are likely to be questioned about your governance and ethical standards.

Additionally the panel may be asking you to share your thoughts on the company’s strategies and its position in the market as well as your views regarding the latest trends in the market. You should be prepared to answer these questions in a concise and compelling manner that will give the interviewers an accurate idea of what you believe.

Interviewers will ask you about your leadership, how you conduct yourself in a group setting and if you have any conflicts of interests in the boardroom. You must be aware of any conflicts that could arise and be able to explain how you would handle them in case in the event of an emergency.

Be prepared for a lengthy process of vetting. Director searches can take the same amount of time as searches for CEOs, and the board will often proceed in a deliberate, iterative fashion.