Designing first-round executive interviews: Opinion

February 9, 2021
First-round executive interviews can often seem awkward or rigid, writes Ryan Crawford, but they can also be structured in ways that will help committee members and candidates have positive experiences. The author offers tips to help committees structure and evaluate executive interviews. Crawford encourages interviewers to work as a team throughout the interview process. The article emphasizes the importance of scripting interview questions, keeping interview questions simple, and ensuring questions do not lead the candidate. The author also discusses the importance of asking behaviour-based questions, asking questions about the candidate’s general vision, and not judging candidates too early. Lastly, Crawford says to revisit candidate materials to keep the interview in perspective and to review how the candidate may fit into the institution. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription required) (International)