Additionally, I like to ask them a few questions to illustrate how much they know about our company; I like to see whether or not they've done any due diligence. If so, that tells me that they are really interested in coming aboard and furthering their career.
Finally, I always ask about their personal interests outside of work -- this is not to pry but to better understand how well-rounded they are. We find that having outside interests is beneficial; it shouldn't be about work all the time.
8. What is it about your current job, at this particular company, that sets it apart from other chief finance positions?
I am the first formal CFO that the company has ever had so a lot of the F&O function framework my team and I are building is new to people. The genesis of the company is two divisions sold to a private equity firm. If you look at just the size of our company, it would be somewhat unusual that I'm the first CFO, so that makes it slightly unique. There wasn't much infrastructure built up in these two divisions.
9. What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?
Like most people, I try to keep my days less than hectic. I start out my mornings working out. At the end of the day, I catch up with my family, and I also like to go to the golf range to hit some balls. I'm kind of new to golf, but have definitely gotten bit by that bug.
10. If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?
I would probably play a lot more golf because I'd have more time. I also would consider taking on more board of director roles. I think I could bring a unique set of experiences to a board, so maybe a board position or two, and then attempting golf.