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Executive recruitment firms - How to find a good one

Many agencies over the years have claimed to be executive recruitment firms, but how easy is it for any individual to find out which of these claims are true, and which companies are genuine executive recruitment firms?

Examine the history

A good way of conducting a spot check is to look at the past history of jobs on the website of agency in question. The best executive recruitment firms will be able to display a broad range of job disciplines and sectors covered without divulging any sensitive information about those clients. In addition, the best executive recruitment firm will have forged close links with particular clients, handling assignment after assignment for them, even if their main point of contact moves to another employer.

Look at the client base

Of course, the greatest recommendation for any company that claims to be one of the best executive recruitment agencies is for a managing director or chief executive to continue to use your services when they do move on to pastures new. The most difficult part in any such relationship is if that individual who has used your services when recruiting turns to you when they are looking to recruit, and then continues to use your agency when they move into their next job. Relationships forged when money is at stake are often destroyed when it comes down to basic things such as common decency, returning phone calls and having a genuine interest in assisting someone in their job search.

And lastly....

The very best executive recruitment firms offer the same standard of service whether you are a candidate or a recruiter.

Because we are a different specialist executive recruitment agency, we would prefer that you used us exclusively. However we accept that until we have proved ourselves, we are happy to work alongside other consultancies to ensure that your assignment is successfully completed. We do not suffer from professional jealousy, our aim is to provide you with the best service we can.

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