Executive search is a monumental task. Out of all of the executive candidates out there, an executive search team has the important and sometimes daunting task of choosing the best candidate possible to ensure your company’s success. Here are 5 tips to make your executive search process easier.
1. Know what you want.
You are never going to find your ideal executive hire if you don’t actually know what qualities you are looking for in a candidate. It seems like a no-brainer, but a good number of in-house executive search teams don’t spend enough time examining their business needs and defining the position they are looking to fill. Having a clear definition of what you want keeps your entire executive search team on the same page by eliminating any possible confusion and ensuring that no one is swayed by their own preferences.
2. Build the best team possible.
Building a team of people who can find candidates via personal contacts, a talent network, or referrals, will make your executive search process much easier. Your ideal team may include well-connected executives from your company, personnel with executive recruiting experience, and individuals that can use social media to find top talent. Talent sourcing is the most difficult but most important part of an executive search. So, anything that can speed up your talent sourcing will make things much easier.
3. Hold onto candidate information for future searches.
Whether you call it a talent pool, a talent pipeline, or a talent network, teams need to take their “almost” hires and other valuable potential talent and find a way to track it so that they can draw from those candidates the next time they need to fill a position. Not having to start the process from scratch every time will save you time and money, and it will make everything that much easier.
4. Automate reports and candidate profiles.
Software tools that create instant reports on search progress and compare candidate profiles can greatly lessen the work needed. Instead of taking hours to analyze data and report it to your team, a tool like Thrive TRM can give you that information quickly and easily instead so that you have more time to take care of other tasks and responsibilities besides the search process.
5. Keep everything search-related all in one place.
When you house all of the data from your search in the same place, particularly within a talent management software, you can avoid taking precious minutes or sometimes even hours to find paperwork or information that another team member or company leadership requested to see. However, you can’t lose data if you’re safely storing it all into one software system designed to keep everything secure and organized for you. Finding that data is quick and easy.
Thrive TRM has many features that make the executive search process easier to allow in-house executive search teams to have the most effective processes possible. Contact us to see what Thrive TRM can do for your in-house executive search process.