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Seven Important Selection Criteria for Hiring In-House Counsel

When it comes time to hire, what are the most important criteria to use when selecting someone who will thrive in your organization? While credentials, work experience, and great references are important, they only scratch the surface of hiring the ideal candidate. What else should you consider when making the final hiring decision? To answer this question, I surveyed successful GCs from multiple industries across the country for their perspectives. A special thanks to those who shared their insights for this article. Read on for some of their tried-and-true evaluation metrics.

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Experience The GC & CCO Advantage: Meet Marla Persky, former SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Marla Persky most recently served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Boehringer Ingelheim USA, one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. A key member of the executive management team reporting to the CEO, Marla was a director of the company and several of its subsidiaries and oversaw a 70+ person department with responsibility for legal, environmental, health and safety, and information, governance and security, with a budget of over $100M.

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Thirteen Favorite In-House Counsel Interview Questions

One of the most important responsibilities of a General Counsel and other managing counsel is building a team. Get it right and you will have a team that delivers significant value to the organization. Get it wrong and the negative impact on your productivity and reputation can be significant.

As an executive search consultant, my job is to deliver a diverse slate of exceptional candidates who all have the qualifications necessary to meet the needs of the role, and, as best as possible, the personality that will fit within the culture of the organization. Once I have presented the candidates to my client, it is then their responsibility to interview and ultimately select who they want to hire.

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Experience The GC & CCO Advantage: Meet Cornell Boggs, former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Toys “R” Us

Cornell Boggs most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Toys “R” Us and managed the global legal function. Previously as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Dow Corning Corporation, the world’s largest silicone product producer, he led Global Legal, Government Affairs, and Corporate Security, and served as Chief Compliance Officer.

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6 Tips for Interviewing In-House Counsel

The most talented person for your position typically falls into one of two categories: perfectly happy and well treated by his or her current employer, or actively looking for good reason and with several other options to consider. It frustrates me to see companies with exceptional opportunities scare off perfectly matched talent due to poor interviewing techniques, yet, it happens every day. The actions taken from the start of the search process to closing will dictate whether you close the top candidate or send them to a competitor.

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5 Things Candidates Reveal Without Saying a Word

In many ways, a candidate assessment is an elaborate charade in which a skilled interviewer attempts to read clues based on the most subtle factors, including appearance, tone and body language. 

Even at the highest level of executive recruiting, candidates offer important information about themselves that may contradict what’s stated on their resumes.

Those hiring legal and compliance professionals must critically evaluate all available details to make a solid assessment. 

As an interviewer, you should be able to spot these five common details candidates reveal about themselves even before a formal interview begins. 

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