Are you frustrated trying to find top talent? Ready for an executive recruiter? Here’s how to find the right one for your company needs.
Executive recruiters are ready to help you find the perfect fit for your talent leadership transitions. The right recruiter saves both time and money, two of the most valuable assets for a successful company. An experienced recruiter ensures clients avoid the high cost of a bad hire by understanding the full suite of skills our clients desire, the company culture and their long-term objectives. This allows them to deliver quality candidates already able to pass a rigorous hiring process.
Once you’ve made the decision to use a recruiter, it’s time to find the right one. Whether you are the founder of a start-up or a multi-billion dollar corporation, you want this process to be as stress-free and simple as possible.
Here are three tips for a stress-free process when selecting an executive recruiter.
Choose A Recruiter That Understands Your Industry
You will want an experienced recruiter who has a track record of success placing executives. Look for recruiters who are familiar not only with the requirements of the position but also what that role looks like within your industry. It’s crucial they understand both your business and the position you are seeking to fill. Ask them, do they have experience in your specific industry?
Ask The Recruiter About Their Process & Metrics
Inquire about the average time to complete a search (often referred to as the “time to fill.) You’ll want to understand their process to set expectations around communication during a search, establishing interviews and the overall vetting process. In other words, will they provide accurate and timely candidate summaries? Are they able to modify their procedures to meet your needs? What is their geographic reach? Most importantly, can they maintain confidentiality?
You will want to clarify fees, what happens if a new hire quits soon after being hired, and the recruiter’s retention rates. The higher the retention rate, the better the search results will be. A long-term approach is part of ideal for building lasting relationships between candidates and clients.
Executive recruiters are not all the same. Credible referrals and testimonials can confirm a recruiter’s effectiveness. A strong recruiter can provide references so you can verify the quality of the candidates presented. You can also find out what the overall experience of working the recruiter was like, as well as the end results.
Finding the right leadership and talent is a complex process. In today’s competitive market, companies need a diverse slate of candidates who offer fresh perspective to your company. Top-notch recruiters understand this and know how to find the best of the best for your organization. You want someone who knows “what right looks like” and can bring that experience and expertise to every placement.
If you need an executive search firm or are a candidate ready to make the transition to a new executive career, we’re here to help. Contact us today and let us know what your long-term needs are. Be sure to ask about our comprehensive Triangle Approach and it can benefit your company.