Jon and I were thrilled to partner with Mike Sipple Jr of Centennial Inc for our 2nd January 2020 chat. Centennial is an Executive Search Firm so we took that opportunity to chat about executive recruitment. You can review the full conversation at our Wakelet.
There’s a bit of a mystique around executive recruitment, though, and we had some discussion about whether or not that is something we’ve created! We automatically assume executive recruitment is going to be harder than other levels, when each search is a bit different. The market or skill set you are looking for is going to be a much bigger deciding factor as to how difficult it will be to fill any given position.
A lot of chatters mentioned they almost always work with a search firm, as you may need more people involved in the process, more in-depth process that involves presentations by the candidate, tours of the facilities, ensuring that your top candidates have the depth and breadth of experience needed. Your executive staff is also visible to more staff, so you want to be sure they are the right person to lead everyone.
We definitely all agree that recruiting at any level should create a positive experience for the candidate, though some of the specific steps might be different for the different levels. And many times, at the executive level, you may want to engage outside assistance.
If you do engage a 3rd party to assist with finding that right executive, you do want to be sure to do your homework in finding the right firm to help you. They need to understand who you are as an organization and exactly what you are looking for – so you in turn, need to be sure you understand who you are and what you are looking for!
We know that it can be intimidating taking on executive level recruitment.
We know it can be difficult when you feel like you are ready to move into an executive level position. What better group of people to get some advice from?
As usual, this was a fantastic conversation with lots of great advice throughout the hour. We always end with the connection, which is the part I love the most. I love watching the real time connections that turn into offline conversations. Again, don’t forget to check out the full conversation and join us the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 6 pm CT for great opportunities to connect and learn!