I'm in the final stages of an interview for a regional manager position. I've done everything right but their concern is that I'm young in age and lack executive experience. They told me to wait for a week while they scan other candidates, and If they can't find someone with +5 years of experience they would take a chance on me. What should I do during this week to prove I'm up to the managerial position?
There are a few key traits that people look for in a manager, and the reason an employer asks for experience is to try to ensure that the candidate has honed them.
"Big picture" thinking - you need to be able to detach yourself from the details and see the overall aim of your project. Someone with this skill will be more likely to understand when seemingly wacky decisions are made by corporate.
Resourcefulness - Budget cuts? Employees got the plague when you have a deadline? Thats not a problem for an experienced manager.
Overcoming objections - Everyone giving you excuses? Dragging out contracts? You can sail through this one with ease with the proper training.
Resource allocation - Are you putting the right assets in the right places? Are you hiring the right people? Are you giving preferred treatment? The more Experienced you are, the less Likely you will fall into this trap.
I am happy to go over your work history, resume and any experience you have had to help you find a way to overcome their objections - I am a CTO with a Liberal Arts degree, so I am a master at this.