Both parties agreed that a retained agreement would yield the best results for this assignment. We had already built a strong relationship with Water Plus, having placed talent into both their finance and HR departments and had an existing relationship with the Interim HR Consultant. Water Plus sought a highly commercial HR/People leader with the ability to drive the HR and people strategy and embed the values, so finding the right person with the right experience and culture fit was crucial to the success of the placement. As a result, Emma invested a considerable amount of time in understanding the culture of the business and how the ideal candidate might fit. She then drew upon her extensive network, the GRG Executive Search database and LinkedIn Recruiter, to begin forming her longlist.
We understand that great candidates know and are likely to recommend other great candidates. Therefore, throughout her market mapping, Emma acquired several exceptional recommendations from professionals who were not active on the market themselves. Emma then carried out a series of face-to-face interviews, deploying competency-based interview techniques in addition to her industry expertise in order to narrow the longlist down to a final shortlist.
All five candidates were invited to a first stage interview with the interim HR Consultant. Three candidates progressed to the next stage which involved the CFO and Commercial Director, and one preferred candidate progressed to the final stage interview with the CEO which resulted in an offer and acceptance. At each stage of the interview process, Emma maintained regular contact with each candidate in order to manage live feedback. From offer, Emma maintained regular contact with both client and candidate leading up to and beyond the candidate's start date and handover.