Executive Search Guide

Executive search guide for organisations

In order to drive strategic growth, innovation and people engagement, executive search is critical for organisations looking to fill leadership positions with exceptional talent. Effective executive search ensures that an organisation’s leadership team is comprised of individuals who possess the skills, experience, and vision. This will help guide the company toward its goals. The right executive can impact the overall performance, culture and success of an organisation.

Preparing for an Executive Search

Clarify Leadership Needs: Before beginning the search, align stakeholders on the purpose of the role, its scope, and the qualities needed in the ideal candidate. Review the organisation’s strategic direction and the role’s contribution to achieving those goals.

Define Job Requirements: Develop a detailed job description outlining responsibilities, qualifications, and expectations. As a boutique executive search firm, Crexia can support you by reviewing the JD to ensure they are attractive, balanced and compelling to attract the best talent.

Establish Search Parameters: Determine the search timeline, budget, and resources available for the search. Consider whether the search will be conducted in-house or through external partners.

Developing a Search Strategy

External vs In-house Search: Evaluate the pros and cons of conducting the search internally versus partnering with an executive search firm. Consider factors such as expertise, resources, and time constraints.

Identify Target Industries and Companies: Understand the industries and companies that align with your organisation’s goals. Identify potential diverse candidates from competitors, related industries, or adjacent fields.

Utilise Networks and Referrals: Tap into professional networks, industry associations, and employee referrals to identify potential candidates. Make use of existing relationships to expand your talent pool.

Leverage Executive Search Tools: Utilise online professional platforms, such as LinkedIn, to identify and connect with potential candidates. Leverage advanced search features to narrow down your search.

Partnering with an Executive Search Firm

Selecting the Right Firm: If outsourcing the search, research and select an executive search firm with expertise in your industry and the level of leadership you’re targeting.

Clarifying Roles and Expectations: Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of both your organisation and the search firm. Establish communication channels, progress reporting, and decision-making processes.

Establish Agreements and Terms: Establish the terms of the engagement, including the fee structure, timeline, and guarantees for candidate replacement if necessary.

Sourcing and Identification

Active vs. Passive Candidates: Identify candidates who are actively seeking new opportunities as well as those who might be open to considering a new role if approached with the right opportunity.

Mapping Industry Talent Pools: Create a comprehensive map of potential candidates, categorizing them by experience, skills, and relevance to the role. This will help streamline your outreach efforts.

Utilising Market Research: Stay informed about market trends, compensation packages, and industry dynamics to ensure your offer is competitive and attractive to potential candidates.

Outreach and Engagement

Crafting Compelling Messages: Develop personalized and compelling outreach messages that highlight the opportunity and how it aligns with the candidate’s career aspirations.

Nurturing Candidate Relationships: Engage with candidates in a meaningful way, addressing their questions and concerns. Showcase your company’s culture, values, and growth potential.

Managing Communication Channels: Utilise various communication channels, such as email, phone calls, and social media to maintain consistent and respectful contact with potential candidates.

Candidate Evaluation and Selection

Screening CVs and Profiles: Review candidate CVs and profiles to ensure they meet the job requirements and exhibit relevant experience.

Conducting Initial Interviews: Conduct initial interviews to assess candidates’ suitability with the role’s expectations. Evaluate their communication skills, cultural alignment, and leadership style.

Using Competency Based Interviews: Use behavioural and situational questions to assess both power skills (leadership, communication) and other competencies during interviews. Where applicable, use psychometric and assessment tests to measure cognitive abilities, personality traits, and leadership potential.

Final Selection and Offer

Decision-Making Criteria: Evaluate candidates based on a holistic view of their qualifications, cultural fit, and alignment with the organisation’s goals.

Negotiating Total Compensation: Work with the candidate to negotiate a compensation package that includes salary, bonuses, benefits, and any other perks.

Presenting the Offer: Present the offer professionally and transparently, highlighting the organisation’s commitment to the candidate’s success.

Onboarding and Integration

Developing Onboarding Plans: Create a comprehensive onboarding plan that introduces the new executive to the organisation’s culture, processes, and expectations.

Transitioning Leadership Responsibilities: Facilitate a smooth transition of responsibilities from the outgoing executive to the new hire, ensuring continuity and alignment.

Monitoring Progress and Performance: Establish checkpoints to monitor the new executive’s progress and performance, providing feedback and support as needed.

About Crexia Executive Search

Crexia is an executive search and global recruitment partner for the technology industry. We are a specialist executive search company connecting diverse and exceptional leaders with innovative organisations.

Let’s work together!

All great collaborations starts with a conversation.