Executive Search


The objective of the Executive Search process is to approach and assess exemplary candidates based on a deep understanding of your requirement and business challenges. The overall aim of which is to minimise time to hire, reduce the effort of a traditional hiring process and to identify the right candidate for the position, whether active or passive on the market.

At European Recruitment, we understand the strategic nature of senior- or executive-level hires and the importance of an engaging selection process. We work with you to understand not only the individual requirement but the wider business needs. A retained Executive Search allows us the flexibility to understand both the hiring process and eventual aims of the role, producing candidates who display the core competencies and skills required while aligning with your company’s culture and values.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism and service excellence for both client and candidate. We follow a process, which is documented; we provide progress reports and operate with integrity, discretion and confidentiality.

As evidence, 100% of European Recruitment’s work has become repeat business and 90% of candidates placed through retained Executive Search stay in roles for four years or more.


The Executive Search process is split into six key stages:

  1. Understanding your requirements
  2. Market analysis
  3. Approaching and engaging candidates (long list)
  4. Candidate qualification (short list)
  5. Managing the interview process
  6. Offer and acceptance
Understanding your requirements

Partnering with you allows us understand all aspects of the hire: skills, abilities, cultural fit, position and impact on your business. Essential understanding for crucial appointments.

Market analysis

A scoping exercise to understand similar or competitor organisations, alongside analysing our own network of contacts, to highlight potentially fits for your specification. At this stage, a list of the most relevant candidates is developed.

Approach and engage candidates

Discreet and professional engagement with relevant individuals. For the candidates we approach, the retained search indicates a level of dedication and commitment from their potential employer and allows us to evangelise your brand. It also highlights the standards we adhere to: confidentiality, trust, pro-activity, and the partnership between us and you. All candidates identified at this stage are kept exclusive to you until the position is filled.

Candidate qualification

Having a thorough understanding of the brief, we qualify candidates quickly and effectively. We also aim to understand the candidate’s ambitions, motivations and goals; an important part of marrying the right candidates to the opportunity.

This qualification information will be provided as part of the agreed documentation and will become key information for future reference.

At this stage a short list of the best candidates is produced.

Managing the interview process

We work in partnership with you throughout the interview process, providing briefings, managing diaries and conducting reviews. We can arrange off-site interview facilities and can partner for interviews, providing trained professionals if required.

Offer and acceptance

At this stage, all bases have been covered thoroughly by the Executive Search process, however, European Recruitment will still work assiduously with both parties, managing any external factors (such as counter offers) to secure the right package and terms for all concerned.

To discuss further please contact us at info@eu-recruit.com or call + 44 (0)1273 957888.

We also offer Contract RecruitmentContingency Search, and RPO solutions to ensure we can offer all the services you may need to fulfill your hiring strategy.