Can a senior candidate’s track record be used to assess their relevance for future appointments?

Article By
James Cumming
James Cumming
Posted On6th March 2023
Posted On6th March 2023

Assessing a senior candidate’s track record, has been a common method used in the recruitment industry to determine relevance for an appointment. However, this method has positives and negatives associated with it.

On the one hand, a candidate’s track record can provide valuable insight into their past successes and failures. On the other hand, it can be extremely difficult to draw meaningful conclusions from past performance, as external factors, economic environment and personal growth can impact future performance.

Arguments that support:

  • One of the most significant benefits of looking at someone’s experience is that it demonstrates their proven ability to perform in a particular role. Candidates with a successful career have demonstrated that they have the skills and experience necessary to excel in a similar role in the future.
  • Provides insight into behaviour and decision-making: For example, by analysing how a candidate responded to challenging situations in the past, recruiters can assess their ability to handle similar situations in the future.
  • A candidate’s track record can provide a starting point for discussion during the interview process. It can help to identify areas of strength and weakness, and highlight the candidate’s potential to grow and develop.

Arguments Against:

  • One of the most significant arguments against relying on someone’s track record is that past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. There are a variety of external factors that can impact a candidate’s ability to perform, such as changes in the industry, company culture, and personal circumstances.
  • It can limit diversity: Relying too heavily on a candidate’s track record can limit diversity in the recruitment process. It can result in recruiters overlooking qualified candidates who may not have had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and experience in the past.
  • Candidates may have outgrown their capability, they may lack the desire to develop further or the ability to adapt to different corporate cultures, or to navigate a changing business environment


Overall, looking at someone’s track record can provide valuable insights into a candidate’s past performance and potential for future success. However, hiring managers should use caution and consider multiple factors when evaluating senior leaders to ensure that they are making the best possible hiring decisions.

While it is important to be cautious when relying on someone’s track record to assess their relevance for future appointments, it can still be a viable option if managed in the right way.

Areas to consider:

Look beyond the numbers. A candidate’s track record should not be evaluated solely on quantitative metrics. It is essential to assess the context in which their successes and failures occurred, as well as the impact they had on the organisation.

Consider the candidate’s future potential. While track record is an important factor, it should not be the only criterion used in the hiring process. It is important to assess a candidate’s potential to succeed in a new role, as well as their ability to adapt to a changing business environment.

Utilise multiple sources of data to assess a candidate’s suitability for the role. This can include conducting behavioural assessments, analysing their educational background and achievements, and speaking with professional references.

Our focus on long-term partnerships

At re:find Executive Search we believe that recruitment is not a one-off transaction but rather a long-term partnership. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients, providing ongoing support and advice to help them find and retain the best talent for their organisation.

We understand that every organisation is unique and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to recruitment. That’s why we offer bespoke recruitment solutions that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you need help with a single hire or a full recruitment campaign, we can help.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality service. We take the time to understand your organization’s culture and values, as well as the specific skills and experience needed for each role.

For more information please get in contact with our Managing Director, James Cumming.

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