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Executive Search Process

Executive Search, the Thrive Way.

Our tried-and-tested ten-step executive search process:

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Client brief/assignment set up

We take an in-depth brief from our key client stakeholders and agree job and person specifications for the role. We produce a briefing pack that educates candidates about the role and organisational culture.

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Target lists

We use our network, phone, digital and trade associations to conduct detailed research to produce a list of target organisations most likely to yield strong candidates, and build a longlist of potential candidates for our clients to review.

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Initial approach

We approach targeted candidates to establish their suitability, interest and motivations and if appropriate request their CV for further evaluation. We select candidates for further assessment via a second round of rigorous interviews, before presenting a longlist for face-to-face interviews.

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Face-to-face interviews & reference checking

We travel to meet candidates for in-depth face to face interviews. These last up to two hours and cover extensive review of the opportunity, the candidate’s skills, experience and character, goals and motivators, and the option of using Thrive Team coaching to transition into a new role if successful. At this stage we also reference check and conduct any agreed psychometric assessments. 

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Shortlist

Once we’ve interviewed and taken references on all candidates we draw up a shortlist, write candidate profiles and attach them to the relevant CVs. Our profiles will detail all relevant information, providing a deep insight into the candidates.

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Review

We meet with key stakeholders to review candidate profiles, CVs, references and the results of psychometric assessments, and agree interview timetables and agendas for client/candidate meetings. 

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Interview

We coordinate all client interviews, briefing and debriefing all parties concerned before and after each interview and delivering feedback to candidates once all the interviews have taken place.

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Offer & resignation

We facilitate submission and negotiation of offers, clarify terms, mediate negotiations and arrange start dates. And we counsel candidates through the process of resigning and dealing with counter offers.

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Notice period

We’re in contact with candidates throughout the lonely and often challenging notice period, with regular calls and meetings where we provide advice and emotional support if needed. 

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Coaching and development

We offer placed candidates a development programme with coaching and self-care at its core, to help them during the challenging transition period and reduce their time to peak productivity. This can include mental health awareness training, a useful tool for managerial roles and from a personal perspective. 

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Help me make my next senior hire

Whether you’re a client or candidate, when we work with you we’re totally committed, all in, with you all the way.