Executive Search

The Executive Search Process

As a true client partner HW work tirelessly to ensure that we genuinely appreciate the intimate detail of every executive search we undertake. We believe in providing healthy challenge and honest feedback through each phase of the assignment, tackling potential issues collaboratively whilst offering constructive solutions throughout.

Our sole aim is to exceed expectations by providing a breadth of highly talented candidates delivered through a smooth and efficient process.

To achieve effective executive search, we follow a number of clearly defined steps.



  • Agree the priorities of the search

    Define the need through critical evaluation of the business and unique role requirements

    Agree the responsibilities of the role and the person specification

    Challenge the scope of the search – Salary range, sector expertise, academic/commercial skills

    Finalise brief

  • Define target audience

    Agree company target list for initial approach work

    Utilise local and global relationship network to identify potential talent

    Reference individuals who meet agreed criteria

    Create a longlist of candidates for discussion

  • Approach work

    Engage with target market to understand and evaluate suitability

    Challenge competency, cultural and commercial skills

    Evaluate personal and professional drivers

    Finalise shortlist for client presentation

  • Shortlist presentation

    Formal client review of all shortlisted candidates incorporating our assessment of both hard and soft skills vs. the brief

    Provide supporting evidence of track record, career achievements, qualifications and fit

    Agree client interview availability

  • Completion

    Manage both client and candidate needs and expectations until the preferred individual is selected

    Provide formal references

    Lead the salary package negotiation process to finalise the offer

    Support the on-boarding program through regular communication with both parties

    Complete client satisfaction survey

    Remain in touch with both client and placement to check on progress and transition