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CEO Update LIVE: Recruiters on landing a top executive job now

Be prepared to talk about how you responded to the pandemic and racial justice movement; don’t rely on notes in a video call


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Feb. 19, 2021
By Kathryn Walson

Boards are more comfortable with virtual interviews than they were six or nine months ago, but CEO candidates still face the challenge of forming a connection with people through a computer screen.

“You have to keep your energy up. You have to really lean in. You have to be crisp. You have to answer the questions. You have to figure out how to build rapport with people in this medium when you can’t sit across the table,” said Lorraine Lavet, association sector leader at executive search firm Korn Ferry.

Lavet participated in the CEO Update LIVE Feb. 18 webcast on executive recruiting. Also on the panel: Jim Zaniello, president and founder of Vetted Solutions, and Julian Ha, a partner at Heidrick & Struggles. CEO Update Managing Director Mark Graham moderated.