What to Know Before Choosing an Executive Search Firm

As the economy continually and rapidly evolves, business leaders must adapt to the environment in terms of economic policy, technology and new and expanding markets in every industry. These important and varied considerations make it essential for organizations to fill both existing and emerging executive leadership roles with top-notch candidates.

The right search firm can help streamline the executive recruitment process. But what factors should your team take into consideration when selecting a search firm?

Grant Cooper Senior Partner Kent Rapp, an executive recruiter with nearly two decades of recruiting experience, weighs in on some of the considerations to bear in mind when selecting a retained executive search firm. Rapp’s search practice focuses on executive level positions across functional lines in consumer and industrial companies, business and financial services organizations, not-for-profit management and healthcare.

What Is the Size of the Search Firm?

It is important to ensure the search firm your organization selects will not run into roadblocks in the recruiting process. The size of the firm can play a major role in the success of the search. “Boutique firms, such as Grant Cooper, tend to run into fewer blockages than larger firms that might have a significant ‘off-limits’ list,” Rapp explained. “As a national firm headquartered in St. Louis, we have been selective in cultivating deep relationships in major business segments in St. Louis and throughout the United States.”

“Grant Cooper is small and nimble enough to be able to tailor our services to our clients’ unique needs and challenges, but large enough to employ the research and recruiting talent that allows us to excel in producing outstanding results,” Rapp added.

Does the Search Firm Have a Healthy History and Ties to the Community?

Partnering with a recruiting firm that has decades of experience, along with strong connections to the local community, allows organizations to tap into an extensive network of executive professionals. “We have been around a long time, more than 60 years, and have developed relationships with all types of organizations in St. Louis and around the country,” Rapp shared.

Does the firm have a strong team that inspires confidence?

It is important that search firms working with the business community select a knowledgeable and experienced executive search team that possesses valuable insight into finding the best leaders for your organization. “Every search we lead is a team effort,” Rapp remarked. “Over the course of an executive leadership search, organizations will get to know each of the team members and the role each plays in helping the search process move forward.”

What Is the Process for a Retained Executive Search? 

Dedicated and trusted executive search firms develop unique processes that help clients be actively involved in the partnership to recruit talented leadership team members.

Grant Cooper’s time-tested recruiting process includes the following steps:

Grant Cooper's executive search process includes the following phases: kickoff, recruit, interview and close.

Do You Need Assistance Finding an Executive Search Firm?

Are you searching for a C-level executive, Vice President or other key leader for your organization? For more than 60 years, Grant Cooper has maintained a standard of excellence for recruiting highly talented executive-level professionals for organizations in St. Louis and beyond.

Contact us to discuss your hiring needs and how our team can help.

About Grant Cooper

Grant Cooper is a retained executive search firm working to identify and recruit superior executive talent. Boutique in size, but not in scope, Grant Cooper’s collective partnership applies decades of hard-won executive search expertise to its search engagements.