Since most executive searches are conducted for high level management positions with fiscal responsibilities we will do a credit check through a certified firm with all the appropriate waivers and offers to allow the candidate to view the credit check. We also conduct a driver’s history check, criminal and civil court check and verification of their education. We conduct a google check and ask candidates about what we find.
We let candidates know that we will be doing these types of checks and ask if there is anything we need to know upfront. Many candidates let us know in advance that they have a cousin with the same name who may have some problems with a google check. Then of course we do reference checks.
As you know, some businesses have the practice that they will not provide any information other than dates of employment and title of position. We let the references know that names will not be attached to their comments but combined with the other references so there is less of a concern about liability related to references. We summarize all this information for the client in the final report with the list of the finalist candidates to be interviewed by the client.
Some clients ask that we meet with the candidates at their current position to get a better idea of the work they do and their interpersonal relations with their co-workers. We conduct these face-to-face interviews if requested and prepare a report. Depending on the candidate, we may do the following…
- conduct tours of their workplace and watch for the reaction of their co-workers
- conduct a two hour interview over lunch or dinner
- meet with some of their co-workers to learn more about the candidate
In some cases the people we meet know why we are there and in others they just think we are colleagues or an outside consultant trying to learn more about their operations for our client or organization. Some clients prefer to conduct these site visits of the top candidates themselves.
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