The executive search process
An executive search provides highly effective management of the entire recruitment process and is advisable at the senior end of the market, granting our client’s exclusivity over the candidates we identify and approach. The process generally follows the structure below, but can be adapted for individual requirements:
- Initial briefing – discussion of the scope of the search. This includes an in-depth assessment of our client’s requirements and analysis of how and why they will appeal to the target market. At this stage we will agree our service-level parameters and produce a bespoke fee structure.
- Research phase - production of longlist. Our market knowledge and use of an extensive network of contacts allow us to produce a focused list of target candidates for client approval.
- Detailed shortlist – once our consultants have approached and interviewed the target candidates we present a detailed report to our client. We provide our interview notes and thoughts on their suitability, independent due diligence and analysis of their motivations and concerns. At this stage we also discuss any candidates who were not interested and all feedback we have received on the perception of the client in the wider market.
- Ongoing placement management – we provide thorough support during the interview process and manage the resignation and counter-offer process providing full feedback to the client and candidate. Once the offer of employment is accepted we continue to liaise with the candidate (or team) throughout their notice period and once employment commences we hold regular update meetings with both parties.
- Timescales – the service level parameters we agree at the start of an assignment will suggest timescales and the tailored fee package will directly correlate with these criteria. We usually advise our clients that we will have produced a detailed research report within one month of the initial instruction and the assignment should be concluded within three months.