One of the key differences between Executive Search and Contingency recruitment is the investment of time due to financial constraints. Search consultants are able to commit a significant amount of time from the outset, listening to clients to fully comprehend their objectives, address any challenges they’ve experienced and understand the culture of their organisation. At Collingwood we believe understanding this culture is crucial to a successful appointment.
A candidate may offer all the experiences you require and more, but more importantly would they fit in to the culture of your business? What are the team dynamics in your business? Will these be affected by bringing in the individual? When interviewing ask some questions around key motives, outside interests, ways of working, how well they work in teams. For example, a good way to assess this is to get middle management and team members involved with the interviews. Let them spend half an hour with the candidate on their own and let them express their opinion. They are going to be the individuals who will have the most interaction with the successful candidate, so how do they feel they will fit in to business and its culture?