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We take pride in our work and commit to an open and transparent process, which has been distilled from 35 years of experience. This includes our fee structure, recommendations, methodology, recruitment procedures and operations.
Our processes are world class and finely tuned to extract comprehensive value efficiently.
We operate in genuine partnership with our clients, providing our expert advice and support at every step of the search process. For any business, its people are its most valuable asset. We work in concert with our clients to build the future of their businesses. It is our aim to provide our clients with the best possible executive recruitment solutions, boosting their business success and adding to our world class reputation.
Briefing on key selection criteria
The partnership begins at the briefing stage. Here we embark upon the process of understanding our client’s purpose, business goals and culture, combined with the specification of the person sought. At this stage we can advise on current market trends, salary/package expectations and likely challenges facing the project.
Following our briefing meeting, we will prepare a document combining client company information with the job and person specification, which will then form the basis of our research and assessment.
Research to long list
We have developed in depth knowledge of our core sectors through over 35 years of experience, which provides us with an invaluable network embedded in our clients’ areas of interest.
Our research team employs a range of techniques to map organisations and gain the insider knowledge most relevant to our search. An advertising strategy can be developed to supplement a search, particularly when a range of backgrounds could be of interest.
Screen & Interview
Our in depth screening process allows us to develop an understanding of candidates, their strengths, weaknesses and motivations. We will, location permitting, endeavour to meet each suitable candidate. We employ competency-based assessment and psychometric testing when appropriate. Our process reliably ensures that candidates’ credentials meet our clients’ requirements.
We compile a synopsis of candidate profiles, highlighting the key selection criteria to the position in order to provide a clear and concise analysis of potential candidates prior to agreeing the shortlist.
Shortlist meetings/ Interviews
Within an agreed period of time, we will select the shortlist of most suitable candidates. However, we will continue the process as appropriate beyond this point in order to ensure that the search is exhaustive. A profile of each candidate will be provided together with the consultant’s assessment. Where appropriate, informal references can be taken and candidate business plans provided.
Once the preferred candidate is selected we will assist with this, often sensitive, stage.
We will continue to maintain contact with the selected candidate up to and beyond his or her commencement with and integration into our client company.