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What to Look for in a Résumé to Recruit a Great CTO

Published: 10 July 2019

ID: G00382708

Analyst(s): Arun Chandrasekaran , Nick Jones


CIOs assessing candidates for a CTO role must consider the skills required by the five basic chief technology officer personas. They also must evaluate the specific needs of the role and organization to identify those candidates most likely to succeed.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify the CTO Persona You Require, and Develop a List of Capabilities That Can Be Used to Evaluate Candidates’ Résumés
    • Decide What Type of CTO You Need
    • Determine Your Position on Internal Versus External Candidates
  • Identify the Nontechnical and Cultural Dimensions of the Prospective CTO’s Role to Determine the Type of Personality That Will Succeed
  • Create a Framework to Compare Résumés, and Look for Evidence That a Candidate Can Deal With the Challenges of the CTO Role

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