Step 1 : Office Visit & Interview
Our first step is to hold an in-depth discussion with our client’s key executives or partners in order to gain knowledge about the company and the position they seek to fill. We want to thoroughly understand what will be required of the right candidate, the responsibilities of the position and how this person will fit within your organization.
During the initial consultation, we meet with key people to establish criteria for the hiring initiative and gather the following:
- Details of the position
- Information on organizational structure
- Overall strategic plan and mission
- Company history and compelling anecdotes
- Understanding of company culture and vision
- Marketing collateral and information to sell company and location
Step 2 : Establish a Clear Position Description
Working directly with the client, we draft a position specification that describes the nature of the opportunity, the ideal candidate, and a description of your company. This knowledge allows us to be more informed and motivational when discussing the opportunity with interested candidates and sources.
Step 3 : Search Kickoff Meeting
Once specifications of the position have been established, we leverage our experience, relationships and systematic research to develop a comprehensive search plan.
We work with our client to create a list of organizations and individuals with the required experience and achievement records, thereby defining a network of probable prospects. This process enables us to present candidates who are the most qualified for the position.
The purpose of the search kickoff meeting is to:
- Identify target companies
- Determine candidate profile
- Establish resources
- Define geographical scope
Step 4 : Research & Identify Prospects: Candidate Development
We then cast a large (but targeted) net to prospects and sources by leveraging the following resources:
- Long-standing, interdisciplinary relationships
- Database retrieval
- Internet research
- New name generation
- Industry organizations and alumni associations
Step 5 : Candidate Deliverables
We then present the following information on the recommended candidates:
- Interview reports
- Portfolio and work samples (if applicable)
- Project list (if applicable)
Step 6 : Interviews & Follow-Up
We will schedule and coordinate the interview(s) and make travel arrangements if necessary.
Post interview(s): We will elicit feedback from both parties and gather pertinent questions.
Step 7 : Offer Preparation & Information Gathering
Once a top candidate has been selected, we consult with the client on preparation of an offer. We conduct reference conversations about the final candidate with previous supervisors, subordinates, peers and appropriate external associates, and then report their results back to you.
Step 8 : The Offer, Negotiations & Transition
In a joint effort between our team and the client, we help to determine what is needed in terms of position, resource commitments, growth opportunities and financial incentives in order to hire the most desired candidate.
We discuss the following with the candidate:
- Current salary and benefits package
- Prior references
- Relocation issues (real estate/moving costs, visit area with spouse or significant other, schools, doctors, etc.)
- Counteroffer discussion
We make it our goal to establish a mutually acceptable offer and, if necessary, assist our client with:
- Drafting an offer letter
- Extending the offer
- Assisting negotiations
- Establishing candidate start date
Step 9 : Final Follow-Up
Within the first 6 months of the successful candidate’s employment, we follow up with both the client and candidate to discuss and assess the integration of the new hire within your organization.
This discussion is an excellent time to reinforce the decision by both parties and to identify any misunderstandings or misconceptions that may have developed during the hiring process.