There seems to be a feeling in the market that Interim providers are reluctant to place candidates in their first interim assignment and would rather wait until they have a proven track record. This leads to a “chicken and egg” scenario, as they need to get their first assignment from somewhere!
Surely this is where the Interim supplier comes into the equation?
I have met and placed many people on their first assignment. Part of our role must be to educate people on how a successful interim conducts themselves and approaches the role. It is very different to starting a permanent role but as long as they understand how it works then it can work very successfully. These days many people have either used Interims or have ex-colleagues who have embarked on an interim career, who can also give them advice on the differences.
Conversely there are some people, who have been Interims for years, who I would never put forward to a client. Their record is one of talking a great game but not delivering or worse still antagonising the client or their staff. Herein lies the value of using an established Interim supplier, who understands the market and knows their candidates well, rather than someone who is simply peddling CV’s!
What are your thoughts on using first time interim managers? Are you a first time interim manager yourself – what has been your experience?