The Profession

Executive Search


Executive search firms are retained by clients in an advisory capacity. Typically used for senior-level executive positions and board directors, executive search firms partner with clients to identify, assess and select the very best possible candidate. They identify a slate of the most qualified candidates that fit well with the client’s culture and have the right background and experience for the specific opportunity.


Executive search firms operate on an exclusive, client-centered basis and bring a deep level of expertise—inclusive of industry knowledge and job functionality—to each assignment. They are engaged in all aspects of the process, from defining the search through candidate integration. Firms employ highly sophisticated methodologies including competency-based interviewing, 360 degree referencing and due diligence processes that may be augmented by psychometric testing and broader assessments.


Executive search firms begin an assignment by understanding their client’s industry, business strategy, and unique needs. By working with an Executive search and leadership consulting firms, a client leverages a firm’s expertise as well as their access. Executive search and leadership consulting firms often access senior executives who may not be actively seeking a new position, and treat their potential interest with a high degree of confidentiality. They can help these hidden candidates see the potential advantages of making a move for the right opportunity.

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