In a high-stakes hiring situation, it’s common to invite the finalist to interview with an objective external expert. In our searches for top financial executives, the CEO often wants the finalist to meet the chair of their Finance Committee. When the board is not involved, the CEO might want the candidate to interview with the company’s outside auditors.
The key is to be sure you don’t hire a CFO with skills like this guy.
The same due diligence occurs when hiring the top job in most other functional areas. In searches for top executives in marketing, development and IT, our clients often arrange time for the finalists to meet with their trusted outside advisors. Familiar with the needs of the organization, these advisors serve to fairly and objectively evaluate a candidate's subject matter expertise.
But in dozens of searches for top HR executives, not once has a CEO asked me to run the finalists past outside legal counsel.