The Process of Being Considered for a Board Position


BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of the board recruitment process, featuring Keith Pearson, from Pearson Partners International, and Krista Walochick, from Talengo.

Some of the questions asked included:

  • What types of board searches do executive search consultants typically get involved in? Is it mostly corporate boards?
  • What qualifications and skills do executives need to be credible candidates for board seats?
  • Is there demand for board members from the US in Europe due to quotas & do you have any tips for getting these seats?
  • Can you provide a few examples of strategies executives can use to put themselves out there for a board seat?
  • What do search consultants look for in a board resume? How should this differ from an executive resume?
  • How does the interview process for a board role differ from an executive role?
  • Can you give any insight into the shortlisting and selection process for board roles?
  • What are some challenges candidates may need to be prepared for during board hiring process?
  • What should candidates know about the onboarding process once they are selected for a board position?
  • What would you rank as the major challenges modern boards face at the moment?
  • Once an executive gets a board role, what are some do’s and don’ts for the first board meeting?

If you missed it, catch up on all the excellent advice that was given in the Storify transcript below.

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