Our Executive Search Process
The overriding principle at the core of our process is the human element. Many may view the executive search process as a transaction, yet we have learned that matching talented individuals with appropriate and rewarding positions requires more than simply pairing skills with openings. We form long-term, personal relationships with our clients and candidates, giving us special access to high quality candidates you won’t find on any recruiting site.
Our process is based on decades of executive search success, years serving on nonprofit boards, and innumerable conversations with high achieving executives and the trailblazing clients who hire them. Rest assured that we’ll openly communicate with you during this entire process so we can work together to determine the best course of action. Our three-phase approach ensures you’ll end up with a candidate who’ll be an amazing asset to your team. Here’s what to expect when you work with Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc.
Every search starts with an in-depth interview, which gives us insight into your organization. We begin by determining organizational structure, culture, and expectations for the position. We’ll do this by interviewing you, ideally in person, to fully understand your expectations and the demands of the position. We’ll highlight specific areas of opportunity for the prospective new hire, as well as create a client culture profile. At this initial meeting we’ll identify challenges for the search and agree on the search strategy. We’ll also discuss what makes the role a compelling opportunity for top talent. This information is used to create a precise position specification and leadership profile that conveys key criteria for the candidate and ensures applicants are evaluated to meet your specific needs.
Once the data gathering is done, we’ll develop a target list of qualified candidates using a multi-pronged approach we’ve honed over decades in retained executive search. We’ll perform contemporary market research, check our extensive international database, and directly contact candidates. We’ll use messaging that sheds the best possible light on the opportunity, ensuring more positive responses.
The most qualified and interested candidates are then personally interviewed to obtain a realistic assessment of their accomplishments, capabilities, and potential. Behavioral-based interviewing is used during every interview so that a candidate’s reported track record is examined and verified. This process has proven to consistently yield a number of qualified candidates you can compare and evaluate competitively.
We’ll present you with a comprehensive candidate resume for each finalist. This resume package includes their work experience, degree verification, a detailed summary of the consultant assessment, and a recommended course of action. You’ll be able to see how each candidate could bring their unique strengths to the role while also meeting the criteria we have collectively laid out.
In this final phase, you’ll conduct internal interviews with the candidates. We’ll work directly with you as desired to ensure a timely progression through the process. This includes assistance with scheduling meetings, development of interview questions, and gathering candidate feedback. Finally, we continue to work with you to evaluate candidates and provide guidance with issues such as attainability, compensation expectations, and relocation. Throughout the final offer and acceptance phase, we maintain regular contact with both you and the final candidate to ensure that any issues are addressed promptly and resolved quickly. We are prepared to assist in the negotiation of compensation or terms of employment.
Our communication and interest do not end when the search is completed. Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. values the long-term link to our clients and placements. We take great pride in knowing a large majority of our placements have not only stayed in their organizations beyond five years, they have been promoted and acknowledged for the contributions to their respective organizations.
To learn more about our results-driven process, contact us today.
“Working with Shelli Herman has been a pleasure. Having successfully completed numerous executive searches with her, I’ve been most impressed by her professionalism, customer service level, and intuition. I look forward to working with Shelli many times in the future.”