How COVID Changed Recruiting

Companies had been holding on to leadership through the pandemic, but as new priorities are being established, and those who did not lead well during the pandemic are assessed, CEO turnover in 2022 is expected to rise up to 30%. The changes won’t be limited to CEOs.

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The pandemic has transformed the process of recruiting, even at the executive level. According to ExecuNet Director of Coaching Services Harriette Lowenthal in How to Prepare for a Fall Job Search, the pandemic, a partially remote workforce, and a wider call for “stakeholder capitalism” have expanded the role of leadership to be focused on more than “simply” running a profitable business.

Recruiters and hiring authorities will be looking for different skills and operating in ways that job seekers aren’t used to from their last search. Some highlights from Harriette’s session:

Faster Hiring: Virtual interviews have cut hiring time to 4-8 weeks. It’s simply easier to schedule time with people for Zoom calls than face-to-face meetings, and it’s much cheaper than flying in candidates to the office. 

More People: Because the process is faster with video interviews, more people are involved internally, creating a more democratic process. On the flip side, since geography has been removed from the equation, more people are being considered for roles due to the larger applicant pool.

Remote Leaders: There’s evidence people are more productive at home, certainly not less. There’s less emphasis on where the job gets done, and leaders are finding employees and other leaders are making working outside the office a requirement. This calls for a whole new type of leader.

Power Dynamics: The executive presence factor you spent years mastering is suddenly not in play in a video interview, certainly not in the same way, and not without preparation. Virtual interviewing changes the power dynamics of an interview when everybody is in the same size square and there isn’t an easy transition between speakers as there is in person.

Harriette shared a full hour of insights on behalf of the ExecuNet Career Strategists and took questions from attendees. This excerpt from the session contains her talking about some of the topics listed here. The full recording is reserved for VIP Access.

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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