Thirty-one candidates have qualified for the second stage (the interview stage) of an open competition for the right to head the Boryspil airport, the Lviv airport, and the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia). Twenty of the candidates are competing for the right to head the airports and 11 for the right to head Ukrzaliznytsia, the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure announced in a statement.

In total, 254 candidates entered the competition to head the airports and 233 entered the competition to head Ukrzaliznytsia. For qualification for the interview stage, the applicants were evaluated on their professional experience and qualifications.

As of 26 January, a deputy minister of infrastructure and experts from Talent Advisors, EBS, and Deloitte interviewed 19 candidates for the post of head of these airports and Ukrzaliznytsia.

The list of finalists will be made up of the candidates that pass interviews that the deputy minister, experts, and the Ministry of Infrastructure will conduct in the second round of the competition. The minister of infrastructure will approve the finalists. Information about potential candidates for the leadership positions will be posted on the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure before it is submitted to the nomination committee.

First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Shulmeister has already commented on the start of the second stage of the competition. "Interviews are continuously taking place. We plan to hold 30 meetings (including Ukrzaliznytsia) this weekend (24-25 January), and we will meet throughout next week. The methodology: we assess management maturity, experience of reform, achievements, and leadership competence. Strict timing: 45 minutes for interviews and 15 minutes for discussions," Shulmeister wrote on his Facebook page.

As reported, this competition began on 31 December 2014. Read the requirements for the future managers of Ukrzaliznytsia and the two airports here.