No matter what type of company you run—whether a logistics business or a retail store— it is important to have the right people on board if you’re looking to succeed, especially when hiring senior-level employees.

Why top-level employees are vital for success— and what makes them so hard to find?

Although technology may be evolving at a rapid rate, even more industries are being shaken up by this disruptive innovation. At the same time, however, skilled labour and expertise are still needed to survive the tougher demands of today’s business landscape.

As opposed to hiring employees for entry-level positions and baseline work, the entire task of hiring senior-level professionals is much more difficult because of all the demands and factors that must be considered. Given the fact that the future of a business rides on the outcome of a hiring decision, businesses now face even more pressure to shape up their hiring practices as they go through pools of skilled candidates. Fortunately, the necessity of a hands-on approach and the difficulty faced can be mitigated with the right hiring practices.

To ensure that you avoid having a senior-level position candidate who fails within the first 18 months of assuming their role, here are three headhunter-endorsed practices to take into consideration:

  1. Know who you’re looking for and be clear about it

With an added amount of pressure and the future of your business on the line, it will help to be much more specific about who you’d like to fill the open position in question. The common problem with hiring senior-level employees for management positions is that decision-makers end up with a candidate who doesn’t fall in line with their requirements.

By being specific with what your business needs or wants in a candidate—such as asking for case studies, certifications, recommendations, or previous experience—in your job listing, you can cut down the time it takes to find a prospective candidate. In cases like these, it also helps to be much more descriptive and elaborative on what you need, so a detailed write-up will definitely suffice!

  1. Expand your search by searching for employed candidates

For most businesses, the perfect candidates that they need for their roles are often already employed in another company. If this is your case, then it’s time to switch up the headhunting approach by “pirating” a candidate instead.

Instead of having to wait around for another professional to leave their job and become available, it’s much more optimal to pursue an employed candidate if the current pool of job seekers doesn’t suffice. If you’re new to the entire process of trying to pirate a candidate, it is highly essential to remain as discreet as possible by limiting contact to social networks or private emails (instead of professional ones) to avoid any industry dirt on your name.

  1. Pitch your position with a spiel that’s outlined with a compelling or moving case

In today’s new breed of skilled senior-level professionals, the idea of growth and significant opportunities has become much more attractive than straight-up salary increases and benefit packages. As opposed to relying on common tactics, the best way to hire more candidates who are guaranteed to excel in a vacant role is to go beyond the idea of money and jump into deeper-level benefits, such as:

  • Longer parental leaves
  • Greater opportunities to network and scale careers
  • More ways to leave an impact on the world
  • Opportunities to lead a team of highly-motivated professionals and establish oneself as a lauded stalwart in the industry

Final words

While it may be no secret that hiring an employee for a senior-level position is a task that’s far from menial, it can be easier to accomplish with the help of an executive search organisation. If you’re looking to improve your process of hiring senior-level professionals, let Resilient MS take care of your hiring needs with our team of highly-skilled and trained headhunters instead! We’re a UK-based bespoke executive search service, get in touch with us to see how we can help.


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