The truth is that the stakes are much higher when it comes to hiring executives and C-level executives. For better or worse, new executives are likely to set the direction for the entire department, which can have a huge impact on ROI (Return on Investment). Hiring a new executive presents some challenges, but you don’t have to face them alone.
One of the most obvious things about executive searches is that they need to hire someone highly skilled, talented, and experienced. However, there aren’t many people who can do the job while also fitting in with the company culture. Among those who would, there is someone who would not be interested in or capable of transitioning into the role. The candidate pools for these positions are small and depleted.
Past performance may appear impressive on paper, but is it truly relevant, or did the candidate simply include the right keywords on their resume?
Using the “post a position and sort through resumes” staffing strategy is one of the biggest hiring mistakes any company can make when hiring for C-level positions. The best executive candidate in the resume stack is almost certainly not the STAR talent required for the job. In-house hiring is prone to overlook the significance of extensive performance analysis, the relevance of previous accomplishments, and functional industry experience.
Shockingly, a company would rely on internal hiring strategies for executive and C-level positions. Especially when finding top talent for a leadership role requires an active recruiting strategy rather than the passive approach of waiting for the best talent to come to you. Over decades of experience, the best boutique executive recruiting firms have developed deep relationships with top-tier talent in your field. They know or can use their extensive industry networks to find out which top talent in your industry is open to a career change.
The best-recruiting firms will evaluate who has the most relevant experience, the right set of necessary skills, applicable performance metrics, and who would be a perfect cultural fit using their specialized processes. The networks and insights that they have built over decades of using tailored procedures to source and verify the best of the best. An experienced recruiter will oversee your C-level and executive hiring processes from beginning to end.