The retained executive search process involves a number of distinct components:

  1. Research
  2. Sourcing
  3. Screening
  4. Interviewing (consultant evaluation and assessment)
  5. Presentation (client consideration)
  6. Closure (compensation offer, negotiation, acceptance)
  7. Follow-up (candidate/client integration)

To ensure success, it is important that each of the first four steps be thoroughly completed, as this assures that the most qualified candidates are available for the final steps.

Research begins immediately upon receiving a search assignment, with the target of presenting a slate of qualified candidates for client review in six to eight weeks. If the client desires, candidates may be presented as they are located and qualified. The largest time variable in a search is the actual client and candidate interview process.

Search Milestones (figures in days)

Develop detailed

position specification for client review and approval

Initiate research
  phase of identifying target companies and potential sources and/or candidates



Begin sourcing,
  networking and pre-screening

Provide weekly

search status updates and market feedback

RJM and Client
  meet to calibrate on potential candidates identified
(if needed)




RJM interviews

We verify

candidates' academic credentials

  industry references

Prepare complete
  biographical profiles and present candidates
to Client
Client interviews
  and narrows list to final candidate

We conduct
  extensive reference checks on final candidate

Client and RJM
  negotiate offer and RJM assists with close


  integration quarterly follow-up for one year