About Us > Our Search Strategy / Timelines & Deliverables
At Charleston Partners, our mission is to create enduring, trusting partnerships with our clients by delivering the optimal human resources/human capital hiring solution and successfully completing search engagements while operating with integrity and bringing value to and protecting the hiring organization's brand. We also approach every engagement with an unwavering commitment to quality, exemplified by our impeccable attention to detail. During each stage of the search process, we measure the accuracy and the speed of our progression as we follow our thorough, proven and highly focused search strategy, which capitalizes on the firm's professional expertise, extensive experience and global reach and which includes the steps outlined below:
Timelines & Deliverables
Define Recruiting Objectives / "Engagement Meeting"
We view this exchange as the one of the integral components of the executive search engagement. It sets the tone for a strategic partnership by ensuring that we determine which candidates will be attracted to your Company and which ones will have the chemistry and capacity to excel within your unique environment.
With a two-way sharing of information, we begin the process, in confidence, by identifying the priorities that characterize your
Company's search engagement. Our thorough assessment includes an evaluation of the Company's corporate culture, location of the assignment and cross-cultural sensitivities as well as an in-depth discussion of why the vacancy exists, upward mobility potential and short- and long-term needs. We also focus on evaluating and describing the duties and functions to be performed, as well as candidly defining business challenges associated with the assignment.
Preparation of a Tailored Position Description
Through mutual collaboration, we prepare a highly customized position description, including an organizational profile. This provides our premier candidates with an in-depth view that highlights your organization, corporate culture, as well as the key responsibilities and technical and leadership competencies required for the position. The finalized position description is presented to you within five business days following the engagement meeting.
Research and Sourcing Phase
Concurrently, we work to develop and define a diverse mix of top candidates who closely match the profile we have developed with you. We utilize targeted research, our extensive global human resources network, industry knowledge, and our influence and credibility in the global human resources community.
Interviewing and Qualification Phase
Once we have created our initial list of potential candidates, we spend a great deal of time speaking with, qualifying and referencing these candidates in order to determine compliance with the established assessment criteria. Our list is subsequently reduced and a comprehensive interview is conducted with each finalist. These interviews are conducted exclusively in person. Moreover, once the best-suited candidates are finalized, we complete our diligent referencing process before the ultimate list is presented to you. In seeking an appropriate candidate, we endeavor to go beyond checking references and paper credentials to give you confidence in the hiring process.
Our final slate of candidates is presented to you for personal interviews, along with the candidate's resume and a comprehensive
profile outlining each candidate's summary, background, strengths, compensation history and our recommendations. The presentation
of the final slate of candidates typically occurs within 30-40 days of the engagement meeting.
After you have decided to extend a job offer, we work closely with you and the candidate to negotiate a mutually agreeable
compensation package and start date. We also help set the stage for acceptance by reconciling any differences and we participate
in extending the job offer in order to ensure acceptance.
Once all reference checks and pre-employment requirements have been completed, we assist the candidate in the resignation process at his/her present employer. We also remain actively involved with both parties during the time between an accepted offer and the formal start date, in order to facilitate a smooth transition. We also help you maintain a positive public relations posture, by formally thanking references and declined candidates for their role in the process.
The first 100 days in a new role often can be the most challenging. We proactively manage the assimilation process for every successful candidate, working in partnership with key individuals within the organization to ensure that the newly hired professional rapidly achieves full productivity in their new role and adapts quickly to the new culture and assignment in which they are operating, both long and short term.
At Charleston Partners, we are extremely metrics and measurements driven. We take great pride in managing each search based on quality, speed, and efficiency, regardless of location, with strong attention to detail.
There are a number of timelines and milestones in our search process, as well as key metrics to consider:
Within five working days of the engagement meeting, we will present a finalized position description to you.
A final slate of candidates will generally be presented within 30-40 days of the engagement meeting.
An estimated 85% of the time, a candidate is hired from the first slate of candidates presented.
Our searches are typically completed within 100 days.
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