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- How important is the position to the organization?
- How quickly must the position be filled?
- Do you have the resources to run the search internally?
- Do you have staff experienced in running searches in this area?
- Do staff have firsthand, professional knowledge of the field in which you are searching?
- Is confidentiality particularly critical?
- Is the fair and objective handling of the candidates critical?
- Are you confident you can tap into national and professional networks and find the best person for the position?
- Are the position description, salary, and responsibilities current in terms of the market?
- Can you ensure a sufficiently deep and diverse pool of legitimate candidates for the position?
How you can benefit from using a search firm:
- Consider both direct and indirect costs of conducting a staff-managed search, from replying to inquiries to recruiting potential candidates. These tasks take your staff away from their regular responsibilities.
- A professional search firm knows how to find exceptional candidates regardless of market conditions or competitiveness of the profession.
- Professional search firms have firsthand knowledge of the field.
- Going outside your organization for search expertise brings objectivity to the process and encourages a wide range of candidates, who might not otherwise apply, to engage in the process. This may combat a misperception that the outcome of a search is predetermined.