Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

We supported a northern-based College Group to secure its first CEO. The College Group was keen to widen its potential candidate pool to consider talent from inside and outside the education sector. It recognised that the shift in governance and commercial requirements taking place within education required fresh leadership thinking. 

We used our considerable experience of psychometric testing to evaluate shortlisted candidates. We evaluated candidate suitability in terms of technical ability and cultural fit using a range of psychometric tools.  

Each shortlisted candidate undertook an on-line personality (Credo) test and a Test of managerial judgment.  Each candidate then received a 1 hour telephone interview to discuss and verify the outputs from the psychometrics. We were then able to advise the final selection panel on themes and individual questions to explore in interview with each individual candidate. Our advice was shared with the panel in person at the final selection event. The client appointed a candidate from outside the education sector, although they had gained significant education experience as a NED and Governor of a post-92 University.  The psychometric profiling supported the other elements within the selection process, that demonstrated that the shortlist offered appointable candidates whose experience was gained from beyond the education sector. 

At Wickland Westcott we pride ourselves on delivering a positive candidate experience. Feedback to candidates underpin this.  For each candidate was provided with copies of their psychometric tests and a personal debrief. Our Candidate NPS score currently stands at +75.