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      Chief Executive Officer Interview Questions

      The CEO Interview process can be lengthy and daunting for any board. Cowen Partners is a national executive search firm and we have assembled a list of top Chief Executive Officer interview questions for your board to utilize when interviewing CEOs and making the right hire. 


      Cowen Partners Executive Search

      Cowen Partners is a national executive search and consulting firm. Our clients are both small and large, publicly traded, private, and non-profit organizations. Clients are typically $50 million to multi-billion dollar revenue Fortune 100 companies or have assets between $500 million to $15 billion. Successful placements span the entire C-Suite and include VP and Director level leadership roles.

      Cowen Partners Executive Search has particular expertise in the following areas: accounting and finance, IPO preparation, SEC reporting, corporate tax, financial institutions (banks and credit unions), enterprise software sales including technology, SaaS, and managed services, and rapid growth private equity/venture capital backed deals.

      In addition to executive search, Cowen Partners Consulting offers CEO succession planning and CFO consulting for middle market companies on an interim, project, and fractional basis. CFO consultants provide forecasting, financial cashflow, treasury, software implementation, and M & A services. Cowen Partners maintains a multimillion dollar payroll service for even the largest of client consulting and staffing engagements.

      With our proven processes and guaranteed results, we have successfully placed hundreds of candidates in industries including technology, commercial real estate, healthcare, financial services, sales and finance.


      Chief Executive Officer Interview Questions

      Describe some of the strategies you’ve implemented at other companies. What impact did they have?

      Shows ability to strategize.

      What has been your greatest career disappointment? What did you learn from it?

      Demonstrates a willingness to learn.

      How do you prepare for major industry or company changes? Support your answer with examples.

      Shows adaptability.

      What major threats/opportunities do you foresee for this business? How do you plan to handle them?

      Demonstrates preparedness and interest.

      How do you build rapport with the management team? What role do others play in actualizing your strategies?

      Tests management skills.

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