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Selecting the Right
Executive Search Firm

You are considering the option of working with an executive search firm; and knowing how to choose the right one is a critical step in the process. Here are four key areas to consider when identifying the firm that will best fit your needs:

Values: Above all, an executive search firm should be a trusted advisor, in word and in action. Additionally, the team should recognize the unique aspects of your search, but also understand the individual culture residing within every organization. A 360-degree “right fit” is a top priority.

Firm Reputation: Any credible firm will have ample references to share, but likely your network will identify someone who has experience with this firm and can provide an unbiased view of their effectiveness.

“Stick” rate: Successful placement is important, but so is length of candidate employment.
If C-level talent is recruited and placed, but positions “turn over” repeatedly, that could be a red flag.

Competitive Advantage (aka “Superpower”): What expertise does this firm offer, that will not be found at competing firms? Ask for examples. If responses sound boiler plate and canned, that will, in no way, give YOU a competitive advantage.