In this role with Egon Zehnder, you will be consulting directors, managers and high level leaders on recruiting new talent into their organization and at times, you will be working with difficult leaders. Dig back on your experience to talk about a time or two where you had to use your knowledge and expertise to convince someone of a process or procedure that would be beneficial and talk about the great results it achieved. Your interviewer will be looking to hear that you can pull from past experiences to work with their clients moving forward successfully.
"In my current job, I work with large healthcare corporations recruiting C-Suite executives to join their operations. Last year, I was working with a large health system out west that had experienced some bad turnover of their CFO and COO position within weeks of each other. As always, my first order of business with a new client is to conduct an intake session where I interview key stakeholders that will work with the position I am recruiting for. Upon doing this, it became evidently clear that the culture among the group was shattered because of the actions of the CEO of the organization. Being an outside consultant, I began preparing necessary feedback from the stakeholders that I felt impacted the ability to be forthright with candidates that we would have for the position. I used this information to have a direct conversation with the CEO, who I would be working side by side with during the recruitment of both positions. While the initial conversations were difficult at first, she really opened up to me about her leadership style and we used a lot of her style to talk about during screening and interview processes. This ended up with the group making two great hires."
"During my years doing executive recruitment, the biggest challenges that stuck with me throughout my career were the times that I had to play mediator during the job posting, pre-screening and interview times of recruitment efforts. Many times, when working with high level leaders, opinions can differ greatly and I took it as my responsibility for groups to remain focused on the job description and key qualities of candidates that were desired. I have a knack for mediating groups at that level and would look forward to doing so in consulting here at Egon Zehnder."