What is Executive Search?

Each CNA Executive Search retained assignment begins with an initial briefing from the client during which the key parameters of the search are agreed and documented. Consultants then carry out an assignment study which can involve visiting the client’s offices and meeting with key executives to discuss the business environment, culture, priorities and any other issues that may affect the position.

CNA Executive Search draft and submit a position and candidate specification for the client to approve for each assignment. The document describes in detail the company, the role, responsibilities, goals and key challenges of the position. It also summarizes the experience, qualifications and competencies required for success.

These key competencies (a unique combination of proven skills, knowledge, abilities and attitudes) enable the CNA Executive Search Consultant’s to assess potential candidates throughout the search process.

Having defined the key selection criteria with the client, CNA Executive Search undertake targeted research into companies to find those best qualified for the role. Using our proprietary database and personal contacts we speak to sources familiar with those companies to seek informal views and opinions on individuals we believe may be relevant and qualified.

On the basis of our research, CNA Executive Search approach potential candidates on an informed basis. Once we determine that an individual is both qualified and interested in the role, we undertake extensive evaluation utilising our trade marked CABS methodology.

Before presenting any candidate to the client, we conduct a rigorous competency-based interview. Each candidate is assessed and validated against the position specification.

CNA Executive Search obtain external views on each candidate via telephone conversations with peer referees before introducing him or her to the client, in order to confirm and enhance our knowledge of the candidate’s achievements and track record. 

When an offer is made to a candidate, our consultants are available to participate in any negotiations. Unsuccessful candidates are promptly and courteously informed.

Following each retained assignment CNA Executive Search actively seek feedback from our clients, identifying any issues from which we can learn in order to improve the quality of our service in the future.

We retain an interest in the executives we have helped to recruit well after they have taken up their new positions, often by following up on-boarding interviews and undertaking 3 month reviews.

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