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Questions to Ask Before Working with an Executive Search Firm

November 01, 2017
Leadership & Staffing By Cathy Benfer, Manager Recruitment Services

Selecting an executive search firm to meet your short- and long-term placement needs can be tough. With so many to choose, how do you know you are working with the best possible firm for your needs? Whether you are a CEO, owner, director/administrator, talent acquisition manager, or other HR professional, identifying, attracting and hiring top talent is of utmost priority. However, the time and resources needed to invest in candidate searches are endless.


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The mere fact that you are reading this article probably means you have been spinning your wheels trying to decide your next move. Do you attempt to recruit healthcare talent yourself, or should you trust the expertise of a firm that specializes in it? To aid in your decision-making, we've provided a short list of questions to ask before working with any executive search firm. Remember, while there are many firms that promise to secure top-rated healthcare professionals, only those that cater exclusively to your industry segment will be able to provide you with highly-qualified candidates—ones that understand the regulatory pressures you are facing as a healthcare  provider.

What should I know before working with an Interim Executive Search Firm?

When working with an executive search firm, you should know that the your placement professional is looking for a candidate who will be a great fit with your organization. When you meet with your chosen executive search firm, be prepared to talk about the culture of your company, how the interim position fits into the structure of your organization and how long the assignment will be. Of course, interim positions can be extended from the original agreed upon time frame; however, sharing the most realistic time period with the firm will provide a seamless transition.

What benefits can an Interim Executive Search Firm provide?

Executive search firms select candidates that are dedicated to interim placements. These candidates have a wealth of knowledge in the industry and enjoy moving from assignment to assignment to assist client organizations. Additionally, the executive search firm placing the interim candidate will get to know the client to ensure a solid match. LW Consulting, Inc. (LWCI) has a long and respected reputation for providing unmatched service. The same goes for our executive search and interim placement solutions. Additionally, we are capable of providing staff education and mentoring for department heads and leaders.

Do company's get to choose who their interim executive will be?

Each placement has its own set of unique circumstances. When you partner with LWCI for executive search and interim placement, you will have the option to interview multiple candidates when the agreement is initiated, or rely on our expertise to find you a qualified professional. Often, clients rely on LWCI to secure great placement of candidates because of our industry knowledge and time spent getting to know you, the client.

What makes LW Consulting, Inc. unique when it comes to interim placement and executive search?

LWCI takes the time to get to know each client. Not every situation is the same, so in the initial conversation with a potential client, our professionals dig deep to uncover any nuances or special circumstances you may have. We also work with clients to place key management positions on a permanent basis. In this case, we will ask about the history of your organization and take a look at the other key players on the leadership team and identify candidates that meet your unique needs. Once we place a candidate, either on an interim or permanent basis, we will follow up with you to make sure things are running smoothly.


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