Executive job searches take longer than traditional job searches. Most companies have a more detailed and thorough process for executive-level jobs. They want to ensure they have the right candidate for the job before they make a job offer. This can mean more steps in the application process, more interviews, and a longer overall time to hire.

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How Long Do Executive Searches Take?

The length of an executive search process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks or longer. Again, the length of the hiring process will vary based on the employer and the process they use to recruit, assess, and hire executives.

The current state of the labour market is also a factor that will affect the length of the process. If there is an abundance of qualified executive talent for the role a company is trying to hire, the process will take less time. But, if the talent market is scarce, it can make it more challenging for companies to find qualified candidates – extending the recruiting process.

As a candidate, you could engage and get hired by a company in a matter of weeks. But from a company perspective, their executive search process could have taken significantly longer.

The Executive Job Search Process

The executive job search process is generally completed in a series of phases. The exact number can differ based on the employer and their defined recruitment process. Each step could take 1 – 2 weeks or more to complete.

Generally, here are the main steps in the executive search process:

  • Determine needs: The employer assesses the skills and qualifications required to fill the role. They define their ideal candidate and post the job.
  • Identify the talent pool: A talent pool of potential candidates is created. The pool is created through applicants, internal candidates, referrals and other sources.
  • Identify top candidates: The employer creates a list of the top candidates they want to interview for the job. Initial screening may take place.
  • The interview process: The interview process is conducted.
  • Select final candidates: The final candidate or two are selected. Another round of interviews may be conducted.
  • Negotiate and make job offer: A job offer is made to the candidate. The candidate is vetted and compensation is negotiated.

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Ross Campbell Toronto Recruiter

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.

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