5 often-overlooked reasons interim managers always succeed

The market for hiring ‘interim’ executives is dwarfed by that of permanent appointments and much has been written, analyzed and debated about successfully recruiting permanent employees, however little attention is given to assessing ‘interim’ recruitment.

The ‘failure’ rate when hiring an interim is conspicuously low and yet it receives little credit and the success factors are often overlooked. So let’s examine why is the failure rate so low for interim appointments? Here are 5 reasons to consider:

It is never their ‘first go’

‘Interims’ are almost always hired and pre-qualified because they bring a proven track record of success. It is that track record that gets them the job. Clients benefit from that experience, dramatically lowering their risk of failure.

They actually enjoy the work!

With honest self-reflection, many interims prefer to work in environments and handle situations in which they can over-deliver, achieve a great outcome and a happy client rather than always tackling the unknown. There’s also a different political role to an interim.

The Job Description is replaced with a set of deliverables

It is surprising the focus is on a specific set of deliverables set against a deadline or milestones can bring to an individual delivering over an agreed period. Both the timeframe and the deliverable are pre-negotiated.

The ego is always left at the door

The ability to leave the ego at the door is a key facet of any interim executive, it ensures their ability to lead and change with humility, getting more people on board faster at often very turbulent times.

Experience really matters

Given interim executives trade on experience and track record, they are likely to be in the 45 + demographic. Beyond purely experience they also bring a useful set of personal contacts and networks and the ability to coach and mentor, both handy by-products for clients. Also, for most, this is not their “first rodeo.”

Interim managers offer a range of benefits for the hiring company. The experience these professionals bring allow quick and effective execution of plans, all the while handling the situation as an experienced senior manager would.


P+P Interim Management GmbH
Vienna TwinTower, Wienerbergstraße 11/12A

AT-1100 Vienna

Opening hours

Please arrange an appointment with us via telephone.

Information about Cookies and Data Protection:

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small pieces of text, a web browser stores on the user’s device. They cause no harm.

Cookies that are required for the functionality of the website are set in accordance with Art 6 para. 1 lit b) GDPR (legal basis). All other cookies are only stored providing that you give consent according to Art 6 para. 1 lit a) GDPR (legal basis).

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. The withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal. You are not obliged to give your consent in order to use the website. You can use the website irrespectively of your given, refused or withdrawn consent. However, the functionality of the website may be limited, when you refuse or withdraw your consent.

The offered information on this website is not addressed to children and persons below the age of 16.

To withdraw your consent or to restrict cookies, you have particularly the following possibilities:

Necessary Cookies:

This website could use the following cookies that are essential for operating the website:

Optional cookies for marketing and analysis purposes:

Cookies that are set for marketing and analysis purposes usually are stored longer than for the particular session; the precise storage time can be learned from the guidelines of the respective providers.

Additional information about the utilization of personal data in connection with the usage of this website can be found in our Data Protection Guidelines in accordance with Art 13 GDPR.