Big changes are often afoot in a company once there is a new CEO position to fill. Hopefully your company is in a position where a CEO has left on amicable grounds and given you the necessary notice needed for you to begin the recruitment process to find their replacement. In ideal circumstances it is often worthwhile having the departing CEO sit in on interviews and other parts of the recruitment process as they can be a key asset to helping find their replacement and can generally help with the transition.
However, sometimes a CEO’s departure can be relatively swift, or the notice given still has not been enough time to find a suitable replacement. At this point you may turn to looking at a CEO interim replacement. Hiring someone so senior on a temporary basis may seem a bit daunting, yet they can truly help steady the ship and keep the day to day running of the company on track.
An interim CEO has to be someone who can quickly enter this new position, while still having the adequate skills and experience that a permanent replacement would be expected to have. This may seem like a tall order, but in today’s world the necessity of senior interim positions are a necessity, thus the job market for them is a necessity that suitably follows. Many websites advertise interim positions for people, while some website are dedicated solely to interim positions both at a senior manager level, and lower levels too.
If the need for an interim CEO arises, one of the first places to contact are recruitment companies. They will be able to offer a plethora of candidates that you as a company may not have been able to contact by yourself. Recruitment companies also have high standards to maintain and know the importance of an interim CEO being a steady pair of hands, thus for the sake of their own reputation you are likely to ever get a dud interim recommendation from them.
If you have both the time and the resources to begin the recruitment process for a CEO in house then by all means this is the avenue you should pursue. When this isn’t the case however, do not be scared to contact recruitment companies, they can save you valuable time and resources while having a larger range of candidates than your company would be able to find. If a solution is needed quickly, don’t be afraid to contact recruitment companies, even if it’s only to see if it can be considered an option or not.