Our Approach to Executive Search
A strong, research led process underpins and complements the deep experience of our consultants and our extensive international network of contacts to minimise risk and provide for the successful delivery of any executive search or headhunting project. A key ingredient for this is regular, open communication throughout the project and regular reporting.
The stages in a retained search project life cycle indicated below are not unique to Grosvenor Clive & Stokes but all are informed by our unique depth of market experience and knowledge and our core values of flexibility, integrity, collaboration and commitment.
Project shaping and definition – Our knowledge is combined with that of our clients to develop and agree specific requirements.
Candidate sourcing and research strategies initiated – A detailed analysis of the target landscape will be undertaken and target individuals identified. These will be agreed with our clients. This level of communication is vital in sectors such as Consulting which is both discrete and discreet! It minimizes the scope for embarrassment where there may already be some previous level of knowledge or relationship with target individuals.
Attraction and assessment of potential talent – In addition to competency-based interviewing and reference taking, candidate evaluation can also incorporate psychometric profiling and more rigorous financial, employment history and professional qualification checks if required. This is an increasingly common request given the increasing prevalence of regulatory requirements, security considerations and commercial or political sensitivities.
Successful management and closure of offer negotiations – This should be a ‘no surprises’ conclusion to a logical process but the commercial and personal maturity of our consultants means they can bring real value to the role of intermediary.
Diligent management of resignation process, notice periods and initial induction into the new environment – The true test of a successful project is not the acceptance of an offer but the swift, effective integration into the new business. An ongoing dialogue and coaching is important in facilitating this and a consulting template is available as an additional module if a more formal approach is required in this critical area.