Our Selection Process
Step-by-Step Systematic Search Methodology
Solutions' selection process is a comprehensive approach that is
tailored to each client. Consulting services are provided from the
commencement of a search to the selection of a candidate to follow-up.
Executive Leadership Solutions manages the entire process and handles
all administrative duties. This personalized attention frees your
executives, search committee members, or volunteers to focus their
attention on the vital decision-making elements of the selection
- Understanding Your Organization
Executive Leadership Solutions completes research and conducts
interviews with key individuals to develop an understanding of
the organization, its goals, and the expectations for the new
executive. A written report is prepared reflecting the nature
of the operational environment and conclusions drawn from the
information gathered. Any ambiguity is addressed on the front
end in order to obtain the best outcome.
- Definition of the Job
Using information gathered during the interview process and organization
research, a job profile is crafted. This assures that ELS has
a clear understanding of the primary job duties, in order of priority,
key responsibilities, and reporting relationships of the position,
as well as the education, experience, and personal characteristics
sought in a candidate. The profile is critical to the ultimate
success of the recruiting assignment, as it establishes the specifications
for the position from the client's point of view. The client then
confirms the identified specifications in writing.
- Recruitment/Targeting Candidates
I conduct an exhaustive search to identify candidates. A variety
of sources are used, including advertisement, industry contacts,
research resources, professional associations, and our own database.
An open recruitment process is promoted and confidentiality is
maintained for the client and candidates. Referrals are gleaned
from an extensive network of executives across the country for
candidates who might not otherwise be interested in recruitment.
- Candidate Screening
Candidates who are both desirable and interested in the position
are evaluated in terms of their qualifications, compatibility,
and other pertinent criteria.
- Candidate Assessment
Research on semi-finalist candidates is completed to verify background,
accomplishments, personality fit, and most importantly, the match
to the job profile. Only the most qualified candidates are presented.
A concise written report is prepared for each semi-finalist containing
employment and salary history, education, scope of responsibility
and authority, administrative abilities, technical knowledge,
communications skills, and issues of organizational fit. Semi-finalist
candidate screening typically includes formalized personality
- Finalist Interviews
Guidance is provided to organize a committee to interview candidates.
Behavior-based interview questions and procedures are developed
to ensure thoroughness and adherence to legal requirements.
- Background Referencing
Background inquiries that include criminal, credit, and print-media
searches are arranged for finalist candidates.
- Communications and Negotiations
To solidify working relationships, I maintain constant communications
between client and candidate as negotiations are finalized. Valuable
feedback is provided to both parties as desired. ELS will also
assist clients in negotiations with candidates regarding compensation,
benefits, terms, etc.
- Orientation and Follow-up
ELS is committed to a smooth transition for the client and new
executive. Guidance is provided to insure an efficient learning
curve and social transition.