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A board interview guide for prospective CEOs

Working through these questions as they prepare to take the top job can help executives clarify their thinking.

Over the years, we’ve spoken with many clients who were preparing to be interviewed for CEO roles. We’ve also debriefed with them after the event, and we’ve spoken with corporate board members on how to structure the selection process. In the spirit of sharing helpful experiences and lessons from others, here are some of the questions that boards often ask prospective CEOs. Even if the choice of candidate is clear, many soon-to-be CEOs find these questions helpful to structure their aspirations and plans.