At the beginning of the pandemic the concept of hiring an executive without ever meeting them live was regarded as something boards and hiring executives simply would not do. Those attitudes are evolving. This may be the "new normal" and it requires more time and effort on the part of the hiring executive and team to work to establish rapport and relationships without the benefit of traditional in-person meetings. We are all creatively finding ways to keep our businesses moving forward.
Some employers are finding creative ways to get to know job candidates. One executive who used to take senior management candidates out to dinner opted to have a glass of wine over Zoom with a job candidate —and then ended up hiring him, said Aaron Lapat, a managing partner at Park Square Executive Search in Boston. Another client, the CEO of a Boston software company, was determined to meet her top choice for chief revenue officer face to face. The candidate lived in New York, so they met in the middle, sitting at opposite ends of a park bench in Sturbridge, wearing masks. “The live encounter just reinforced her feeling that this is someone she wanted to hire,” Lapat said.