Executive Search Process

Our Process Sets Us Apart

A Culture That Brings Out the Best

Your Search Consultant is your contact, but your organization benefits from the support of our entire team as we share recruitment strategies.

Consistent Communication

We ensure regular meetings with you to provide status updates, address questions from the market, and devise personalized solutions.

Collaboration on Every Search

We move urgently, but understand searches are best conducted with time and attention. We work to take candidates through their own considerations and to vet qualifications with care.

A Process that Works

Our executive search process is key to our success, with four distinct phases to identify the right match for your organization the first time.

Phase 1

Research and Strategy

At the start of your search, your Search Team interviews key stakeholders to gain insight into the history, culture, context, and ambitions of your organization and the most important aspects and nuances of the position. These early conversations ensure alignment, enable Lindauer to represent you well in the market, and engage those who will influence your new leader’s success.

Lindauer and your hiring leader or Search Committee review the proposed timeline and agree on a schedule for updates. To ensure momentum and drive pace in demanding markets, dates are set for your Resume Review and later interview rounds.

Lindauer creates a comprehensive prospectus that includes the position description and highlights of organizational culture, structure, history, and ambitions. This primary sales tool is supported by a marketing strategy tailored to your search. We identify benchmark, peer, and aspirational institutions and high-potential recruitment channels to build our list of potential candidates and resources.

Phase 2

Market Launch and Outreach

Lindauer’s personal, strategic outreach to resources and candidates is paramount to identify, inform and attract the most promising candidates. To create momentum and ensure your organization’s brand and strategy are current in the market, Lindauer launches and promotes your search across a range of digital and social channels, on our website, and in targeted professional networks and meetings.

Leading candidates are identified through rigorous interviews designed to evaluate how well they meet skill requirements and to ensure interest and readiness. At strategic points in the process, Search Consultants meet candidates, either in person or by videoconference, for deeper, detailed interviews and vetting. In advance of Resume Review candidate information is shared on a password-protected, web-based portal to ensure confidentiality.

Phase 3

Resume Review and Candidate Selection

Regular update meetings with your Search Team keep you connected and aligned. Once a cohort of qualified candidates is identified through outreach and interviews, you and your Lindauer Search Team convene for Resume Review. Through a process carefully focused on competencies to reduce bias, you select candidates for first round interviews. Lindauer shares client interview tools and customized feedback methods, as well as leading practices to help you design a productive interview, visit, recruitment, and selection strategy, whether virtual, in-person, or hybrid approaches are needed.

Phase 4

Client Interview and Final Stages

In advance of meeting candidates for your Client interviews, all interviewers receive a package for each candidate containing a resume and personal statement. Most clients bring finalists back for a comprehensive second or final round of interviews or other community interactions to inform the hiring decision.

Lindauer conducts education verifications for all finalists, arranges additional background checks upon request, and provides in-depth written references for final candidates to shape a 360-degree view. Your Search Team continues to support you through all stages of the offer and negotiation, to ensure a successful placement.

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