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Virtual appointments in a COVID-19 world

Virtual appointments in a COVID-19 world

For this moment in time the world is a different place, with the global COVID-19 pandemic influencing and restricting how we live and work. Who could have imagined several months ago that senior leadership and board appointments would be made without first having opportunity to meet the successful candidate face to face? Well businesses and business leaders are adapting quickly…

Since lockdown we have supported many of our clients to adjust and navigate through the ‘new normal’ to ensure they are able to continue to drive their business forward. Richard Whiting, Chief Executive of NWF Group Plc kindly shares his experience and the benefits of an end to end virtual recruitment process, having recently appointed Richard Armitage to their Board as Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit.

A strong shortlist is critical Richard Whiting, CEO of NWF Group Plc, believes that a robust process can offer an ideal appointment through virtual means “Appointing a new member of the Board is never straightforward at the best of times, but we felt that the process could continue and in the end we were comfortable as a Board with the idea of a virtual appointment. A key element was that we felt we had a strong shortlist of candidates. Once we were happy, we opted to conduct initial interviews using Zoom given the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic in order to keep a momentum in the process”.

Virtual conferencing can work According to Richard people are becoming increasingly comfortable using virtual communication tools. “We felt that after experiencing the first stage progressing to a second stage involving other members of the Board was appropriate. Key to this success is the importance of a plan and to ensure you prepare as effectively as you would for any other meeting. The dynamics of interviews with multiple parties can be slightly more complex virtually but, as I’m sure we’re all finding now, it can work very effectively with preparation”.

Comprehensive referencing A key stage in any process, referencing becomes even more important within a virtual process in getting an understanding of cultural fit, body language and how an individual interacts with others around them.

As far as Richard was concerned, the process was a total success. “While the situation wasn’t ideal, as businesses we cannot afford to stand still and are having to adapt. I believe the whole process worked very well and that we have made an exceptional appointment in Richard Armitage, who we are all looking forward to welcoming to the NWF Board”.

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Tim Kemp

Tim Kemp

Partner

Tim is a member of our Industrial Practice. He has a depth of experience across a broad range of sectors including, B2B services, technology, energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. In addition to placing candidates in senior executive and Board roles within UK and international market leaders, Tim also has an impressive track record partnering with high-growth SMEs, PE backed and family businesses.