As leading headhunters in Northern California, Pacific ExecSearch knows that top employees don’t leave bad companies…they leave bad managers. That’s why when it comes time to hire a new one for a department within your company, you have to take the right approach. While you might need to fill the position quickly, ask yourself these key questions first:

When does this position need to be filled?

You don’t want to have to rush to a fill a management position. However, it’s important to have a deadline in place so you can place an interim manager in charge until a full-time hiring decision is made.

What needs to be different?

The position may have changed dramatically since you made your last hire. That’s why it’s important to evaluate the job description and account for any changes or added tasks and responsibilities. Also, consider future goals and areas where you want to innovate or grow so you can recruit for the right mix of skills and experience going forward.

What does the current team think?

Talk to the current team about the recent challenges they faced and what they think would make a good leader. Also, look at other successful managers in the company to uncover what makes them top performers.

What’s the budget?

Determine the budget for the hiring process, as well as how much latitude you have with the offer. Make sure the compensation is line with the caliber of candidate you’re trying to attract.

What are the essentials?

You likely have an entire list of skills and experience that would be nice to have. But hone in on the essentials that are a requirement for a candidate to move ahead in the hiring process. Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as the perfect candidate. So decide where you’re willing to make concessions.

Do you need the help of a recruiting partner?

If you’re too busy, or don’t have the internal resources to devote to the hiring process, consider an experienced executive recruiter. A recruiter can give you access to a robust network of quality candidates and help facilitate the entire hiring process, start to finish.

Interested in learning more? Call the executive recruiters at Pacific ExecSearch. As leading headhunters in Northern California, Pacific ExecSearch’s team of recruiters has extensive experience in sourcing, evaluating and helping companies hire and retain mission critical professionals for top positions. To learn more about how we can help your organization, please contact us today.