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Executive Search: Finding the Perfect Candidate

Executive search is a specialised recruitment method that focuses on hiring for experienced senior management positions. As these members of staff can really help to elevate your business to the next level, you need a well-thought-out method of recruiting them.

With the amount of responsibility and influence that usually comes with senior positions, it’s imperative that you refine your recruitment process when it comes to bringing new executives on board. By following the tips within this article, you can help to ensure that your next executive hire is the perfect fit.

Decide on your Ideal candidate

Before you can fill the vacant position within your company, you need to narrow down exactly what you’re looking for. As you should be aiming to conclude whether each candidate is able to fulfil the demands of the vacant position, this determination needs to be made in a professional capacity. To ensure there’s a consistent understanding of what’s required, it’s worth conducting discussions with other senior staff members.

Determine your search process

With most executives already in employment, they aren’t browsing job boards for the latest jobs.    As a result, you won’t generally see other companies advertising their vacant executive positions. Because of this, you might have to go about your executive recruitment in a different way to those positions that are less senior.

What you’ll need to do is find and persuade potential candidates to apply for the position. Due to their in demand qualities and impressive track record, you’re likely to be in competition with other companies. Therefore, you should be prepared to put in a fair amount of effort to convince them to make the move. If you don’t have the capacity to do this, or it sounds like too much of a gruelling task, then you can acquire the help of a recruitment specialist.

Evaluate and interview the best candidates

Once you have produced an extended list of qualified candidates, it’s time to contact them and evaluate their interest in the position. For those that are interested, you’re going to want to assess each candidate. While, a CV will give you a brief overview of each candidate’s skills and experience, you’ll gain a more thorough understanding of how they work by putting them through a number of assessments.   

During the interview stage, you have the chance to go a bit more in-depth with each candidate. As well as determining the candidate’s suitability for the job role, you should be looking to find out whether they would fit the company culture.

There are a number of factors that you can base your final hiring decision on. Some of the more important ones to consider are the required skills and character traits, as well as the level of experience the candidate needs to carry out the job duties to a high standard.

How Pareto can help you with your executive search

If you’re too busy to find and hire senior management talent, or you just want the help of an executive recruitment specialist, Pareto are here to help. When it comes to matching senior management talent with industry leading companies, we have over two decades of experience. As a result, we have perfectly refined our executive recruitment process.

We will work closely with you to find out and fulfil your company’s specific needs. After searching our vast network to gather a selection of quality candidates, we conduct thorough assessments of the candidates’ skills and personalities to find the best fit for your company. 

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