Hiring a CEO Virtually

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John S. Wood, vice chairman at Heidrick & Struggles, speaks with Kerry Sulkowicz, managing principal at psychodynamic management consulting firm Boswell Group LLC and the president-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association, about the benefits and drawbacks of conducting the senior-level hiring process remotely as well as a couple tips for clients on how to ensure they’re getting enough information to make these key decisions even when they cannot be in same room as the candidates. And though virtual interviews are qualitatively different, Sulkowicz says, they’re not inferior—in fact, they’re a useful way to evaluate a candidate’s ability to lead in a virtual environment.