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Executive recruiters share what they like to ask CEO candidates

Also warn rehearsed answers often backfire

Favorite interview questions

June 10, 2016
By Walt Williams

What are you most proud of in your career?

It may seem a simple question, but it’s a favorite for executive recruiter David Martin, of Sterling Martin Associates, to ask candidates vying for CEO vacancies at associations.

“It is not always an expected question and sometimes stumps candidates,” he told CEO Update in an email. “Also, sometimes it elicits a very different response than you would expect.”

For the most part, top executives have reached where they are today by answering interview questions.