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1. Initial client meeting


We meet/talk to client to outline search requirements, timelines, future organizational strategy and mission, and get an idea of corporate culture.

2. Deeper client analysis


We will then begin a more thorough analysis of the hiring company, identifying key opportunities for the new executive, and defining a candidate profile that fits into the corporate culture and organizational structure - often this stage includes talking to key executives at the hiring organization.


3. Market analysis and creation of a candidate specification


Following this process, we will complete a deep analysis of the market and create a compelling executive job profile. Market analysis will outline the competitive environment and influence the type of executive we will look for.

This process often includes a team of highly skilled researchers and results in a document that will be a reference throughout the entire search process – the candidate specification. The candidate specification (job description) will contain detailed information about the role, responsibilities, the hiring client, key opportunities presented by the executive job, and outline career and educational requirements.


4. Search strategy


This stage will include a deeper analysis of the market, outlining key companies we may wish to research for executive talent in the marketplace. The research tools that form part of the search strategy will often include our own database of 50,000+ candidate pool and alternative internet sources such as social networks, and our own network and contacts.


5. Name generation and candidate identification


Wide map of talent and long-list of potential candidates is generated. After we have a number of high potential executives listed, our executive search consultants and researchers will begin qualifying the potential targets and identifying whether they are suitable candidates.


6. Approach, qualify and interview to create a short list


A series of internal meetings will continue throughout the candidate identification process and the number of potential candidates will be reduced to 10 at most. This shortlist is achieved through detailed interviews that discuss the specifics of the executive job, and explore the candidates’ background, competencies and interest in the role. Many firms apply their own specific methods of client qualification at this stage.


7. Basic referencing, present short list to the client

Before any candidate is presented to the client, Violets will complete basic background checking to verify their qualifications and executive career background. Provided there are no problems (modifications if there are) the shortlist will be presented to the client.


8. Narrow to 3-5, thorough referencing


Following meetings at the previous stage, the client will work with the search consultants to narrow the candidate shortlist to just 3-5 potential senior executives. At this stage we will begin thorough reference checks, and provide final thoughts on strengths and weaknesses about each candidate.


9. Offer and negotiation


After a series of interviews and consideration of external references, the client will select their preferred candidate and the process of salary and offer negotiation will commence. Often the search consultant will act as a mediator in this process to ensure both parties’ needs are being met.

10. On-boarding and integration


Finally we will assist with the on-boarding of the successful candidate into the workplace - the degree of involvement varies depending on the wishes of HR and agreements made earlier in the search process.

Finally, although the search has been successfully completed, Violets will continue to maintain close ties with the hiring client and senior executive to ensure long term satisfaction for both parties.



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