We work to a specific brief from the client, so the
natural starting point is the briefing meeting, where
we will discuss the company's background, culture, structure
and future plans. We will also agree the job description,
the remuneration package and the ideal candidate profile.
I will propose a recruitment strategy that I consider
to be most appropriate for the brief. For most assignments,
this will involve headhunting, in which case I will
compile a list of target companies and will brief one
of our researchers accordingly. The researcher will
investigate and assemble details on each target company's
organisation structure and the relevant individuals
within them. The researcher will discreetly contact
those that have been identified in order to gauge their
suitability and their interest.
In certain circumstances, I may recommend that advertising
would be the most effective means of filling the position.
For an advertised assignment, I will prepare draft copy
for the client's approval and will recommend the most
appropriate medium in which to place the advertisement,
e.g. a mass circulation Sunday newspaper or a more targeted
trade magazine. I will review and screen all the applications
in response to the advertisement.
INTERVIEWING POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
Whether we have headhunted or advertised, I will interview
those candidates who appear to be a close fit to the
ideal profile. I use a competency based interview technique,
which is specifically prepared for each assignment.
Each interview typically lasts 1½ - 2 hours,
during which I will carefully assess each candidate
against the key criteria that have been specified in
After completing the interviews, I will be
in a position to compile a shortlist of those candidates
who I consider to match the client’s brief most
closely. I will prepare and present a comprehensive
report on each of the shortlist candidates to the client.
CLIENT INTERVIEWS WITH SHORTLIST CANDIDATES
I will arrange for the client to meet the shortlist
candidates for interviews and will communicate feedback
from each party to the other.
I will be happy to advise the client on preparing an
offer and will communicate it to the chosen candidate.
I will act as an intermediary to negotiate a mutually
acceptable settlement between both client and candidate.
Should the client wish to take up references, I will
be happy to do so at this stage. Within the first three
months of the appointee commencing in his/her new job,
I will follow up with both parties to ensure that everything
is going smoothly.