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Choosing An Executive Search Agency

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383

Summary:
If you_ve recently decided to find
your new executives and senior mana
gement through an executive search
and selection agency, then here_s h
ow to find and evaluate those agenc
ies before you sign up.

There are thousands of recruitment
agencies, big and small, but only a
 minority focus solely on recruitin
g for executive, senior manager and
 director-level appointments. If yo
u need to fill important jobs with
the best people, you need to select
 an agency
Keywords: that has access to exc...
executive recruitment, executive se
arch, executive jobs

Article Body:
If you_ve recently decided to find
your new executives and senior mana
gement through an executive search
and selection agency, then here_s h
ow to find and evaluate those agenc
ies before you sign up.

There are thousands of recruitment
agencies, big and small, but only a
 minority focus solely on recruitin
g for executive, senior manager and
 director-level appointments. If yo
u need to fill important jobs with
the best people, you need to select
 an agency that has access to excel
lent candidates and the experience
to know which applicants will suit
your vacancy.

When you approach a recruitment spe
cialist to find senior people for y
our business, you should ensure tha
t you know exactly what they_re off
ering, and what experience they hav
e in recruiting the types of candid
ates you are looking for.

Always shortlist a few agencies bef
ore committing yourself. Meeting th
e consultants and seeing how they w
ork makes it easier to decide which
 agency you want to work with. Befo
re you meet each agency, you should
  draw up a list of questions to ask
  them. For an agency that says it s
pecialises in executive recruitment
, you should be asking questions al
ong the following lines:

" What is your experience in execut
ive search and selection?
" How do you source the candidates
that you pass to me?
" Do you narrow down the list of ca
ndidates before sending them for in
terview?
" What are your fees, and when do th
ey apply?
" What happens if I employ the cand
idate and discover they are unsuita
ble for the job within the first mo
nth?

If you have a number of executive a
ppointments to make or you are goin
g to require the services of your e
xecutive search and selection compa
ny in the long term, then you shoul
d be looking for a consultant with
whom you can establish a good worki
ng relationship. Their understandin
g of your business helps them to so
urce the most appropriate candidate
s and also to put forward other goo
d candidates who sign onto their bo
oks, giving you an opportunity to t
alk to them before they get sent to
 other companies.

Executive recruitment is a competit
ive sector and you won_t be short o
f agencies who want your business.
But even with all these agencies co
urting you, you should take the tim
e to establish whether their servic
es will really benefit your business.

								
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