I have been thinking about the way agencies hire strategists. I don't believe that you can only rely on two hour lunches and meetings over martinis to truly evaluate whether a person is right for a role. Sure, we have multiple interview points, but often times that is a good indicator of cultural fit, not strategic proweress. With case studies, I can't see what someone's individual role was, and if we give them an assignment to bring, who knows if the thinking is theirs or someone else's?
Does anyone have ideas or experience with developing a useful approach when recruiting strategic talent to really see if someone has the goods?