Once Executive Connections receives a search assignment the following proven process is used:
Step One: Organizational Review
The Executive Connections team meets with the hiring manager, head of human resources, and other stakeholders, to clearly understand the organizational structure and the duties/responsibilities of the position we are being hired to fill. A review of the industry experience, functional experience, and major attributes that the successful candidate must possess is conducted.
Step Two: Position Specification
Executive Connections prepares a detailed written description of the position specifying the duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required for each position that we have been engaged to fill. Once this document is completed we obtain client approval and this becomes our common “yardstick” for evaluating potential candidates.
Step Three: Candidate Research & Identification
Executive Connections conducts primary and secondary market research to identify potential candidates and sources at specific companies within a particular industry sector. We review the list of targeted companies including key competitors and industry organizations. The result of this powerful process is between 250 to 300 names, and including contact information.
Step Four: Candidate Evaluation & Screening
Executive Connections meets personally with and interviews each and every potential candidate before forwarding anything on to our client. For each search assignment, we develop a “long list” of four-to-six qualified and highly motivated candidates and deliver our recommendations to the client within 4-6 weeks from the outset of the search.
Step Five: Candidate Presentation & Client Evaluation
Executive Connections provides detailed evaluations of each candidate we present, prior to the initial meetings with our client. This evaluation includes candidate reference checks. We coordinate the interviewing process and facilitate the feedback between the client and the candidate.
Step Six Negotiations & Closing
Executive Connections prepares and delivers the employment offer. Since we pre-qualify candidate interest and compensation expectations prior to the offer stage surprises at this point in the process are kept to a minimum. However, should it become necessary we handle any objections and counter-offers.
Step Seven: Executive Coaching/On-Boarding Support
Executive Connections guarantees the successful transition of every executive we place by providing six months of executive coaching, beginning on the date the offer is accepted, to provide support and continued involvement to ensure the executive gets off to a successful start in the new position.