In episode 75 of the Leadership Minute, Tony Uphoff explores the answers to another question he gets regularly from CEOs regarding the role of chief information officer (CIO): “How should I interview prospective candidates?” Take a look, because as the role of technology within business continues to expand, finding the right CIO is more critical than ever.
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01:04 — The CIO has evolved into a strategic partner responsible for driving digital transformation, innovation, and cybersecurity. Tony is frequently asked by CEOs for advice on hiring CIOs.
01:52 — Key qualities to look for in a CIO candidate include strategic thinking, the ability to align IT strategies with business objectives, change management skills, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
02:34 — A successful CIO must be able to build relationships, facilitate collaboration, and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
02:59 — Behavioral questions are effective in gauging past performance and predicting future behavior. Tony offers a few examples that seek to get answers on leadership in digital transformation, communication of technical issues to non-technical stakeholders, and management of high-stakes cybersecurity incidents.
03:49 — In addition, scenario-based questions test problem-solving abilities and strategic thinking. Tony suggests some scenarios that are aimed at covering a CIO candidate’s ability to assess and address a significant data breach, create a culture of innovation, and evaluate and implement new enterprise-wide software solutions.
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