There are many questions you must ask yourself before accepting and starting an interim assignment. What are your objectives during your time in the role? Are you there to hold the fort or to instigate change? Does this role have the potential of going permanent and are you even open to this? If you are, will you even be considered for this position?
In many cases interim managers are brought in to instigate change and these changes lead to business restructuring and redundancies. If this is the case it is beneficial to identify that your position of change manager will have a certain shelf life and you will have to plan accordingly.
George Bradt has written an interesting article for Forbes on some of the key things to understand when beginning and interim assignment, whether you are already within the organisation and looking after the position or if you have been brought in externally and are new to the position.
The full article can be found here:
George Bradt – Forbes - The secret to success in an interim leadership role