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10 Steps of the Executive Search Process

  • Initial client meeting : The hiring client meets with the search firm to outline search requirements, timelines, future organizational strategy and mission, and get an idea of corporate culture.
  • Deeper client analysis : The Search firm will then begin a more thorough analysis of the hiring company, identifying key opportunities for the new executive, and defining a candidate profile that fits into the corporate
  • Market analysis and creation of a candidate specification : Following this process, the executive search firm will complete a deep analysis of the market and create a compelling executive job profile.
  • Search strategy :This stage will include a deeper analysis of the market, outlining key companies they may wish to research for executive talent, and documenting all avenues that will be exploited in order to gain access
  • Name generation and candidate identification : The process of creating an industry/function wide map of talent and long-list of potential candidates is known as ‘name generation’ or ‘Talent mapping'
  • Approach, qualify and interview to create a short list : A series of internal meetings will continue throughout the candidate identification process and the number of potential candidates will be reduced to 10 at most.
  • Basic referencing, present short list to the client : Before any candidate is presented to the client, search firms will complete basic background checking to verify their qualifications and executive career backgrounds.
  • Narrow to 3-5, thorough referencing : The client will work with the search consultants to narrow the candidate shortlist to just 3-5 potential senior executives and do a thorough reference check.
  • Offer and negotiation : After a series of interviews and consideration of external references, the client will select their preferred candidate and the process of salary and offer negotiation will commence.
  • Onboarding and integration : The search firm will assist with the integration (onboarding) of the successful candidate into the workplace - the degree of involvement varies depending on HR and agreements made earlier
  • Finally, although the search has been successfully completed, A executive search firm like Pipal Tree Services would continue to maintain close ties with the hiring client and senior executive to ensure long term satisfaction for both parties.

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