Our goal is to be trustworthy advisers to our clients during all phases of an executive search. Therefore, we strive always to exceed client expectations by providing an impressive choice of candidates and a smooth and thorough process, which includes six main steps:
Step 1 – Understanding the Client and Role
Our Search Consultants create detailed briefing documents reflecting their understanding of your business goals, values and hiring needs. From the beginning and throughout the search process, we ensure we understand you and your hiring needs to represent you well in the market. We pride ourselves in fully understanding our marketplace, its trends, developments, perceptions of you and the position you need to fill. This information is invaluable in efficiently closing searches.
Step 2 – Candidate Sourcing and Research
Identifying candidates and receiving applicants is not recruiting. By partnering with ALIGN, you engage with our team of dedicated recruiters who continuously reach out to the market’s top talent on your behalf. Using the full advantage of our network, we identify potential candidates and proactively approach them. We follow classic head-hunting strategies of calling to target and recruit the best talent in the marketplace, whether they are currently employed or candidates looking for new opportunities. In addition, we conduct regular status calls with our clients to review potential candidate profiles and provide market feedback.
Step 3 – Short Listing
We pre-screen the most qualified and interested candidates and then interview those who excelled face to face. We then discuss the market importance of our client and the opportunity at hand with our candidates. We are honest about possible challenges with the role and realistic regarding possible career progression. We believe this approach ensures our clients and prospective candidates begin the recruitment process with all relevant information. Ultimately, we choose only the strongest candidates and present them to our clients as a “Short List” for review.
Step 4 – Interviewing Stage
Each process is unique to each client’s search and is planned to ensure a smooth sequence of events and a positive candidate experience. Our primary role during this stage is to process and examine the large volume of information we have assembled. We act as an intermediary, a window into the concerns of all stakeholders, promptly dealing with issues and questions. We help to gauge interest levels, gather feedback, and provide clarity, increasing the efficiency of the Interviewing Stage.
Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance
Our experienced recruiters provide market knowledge and support to get your competitive offers accepted. We use our experience, gathered over hundreds of searches, negotiation training and up-to-date data, from our Compensation Outline, as tools to prepare compelling offers.
Step 6 – Follow-up
Your success is our success. Therefore, we stay connected with you, our clients, and your new hire(s) long after they accept your offer and start in their new position.