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.

Don't forget to share this pointer!

View more comments +