Shift in Executive Recruiting Practices

by | Jan 23, 2009 | News | 2 comments

A boutique executive headhunting firm in Melbourne has reported a distinct shift in multinational hiring practices. The representative reports that “In the past, employers created roles and provided the brief to the headhunter to find the talent to fit. In the last six months, employers have been providing an open brief for say, ‘technology executives’ then looking through the candidate pool, and writing the job description to fit that person”.

This is an interesting change which makes it a significant challenge for executive recruiters to hone in on a broad range of people and anticipate the employers’ needs). It also shows a new corporate flexibility to achieve value for money–get the right person and leverage his or her talents to get the best for the company.

Interesting to see how this new model will improve the calibre of candidates.

2 Comments

  1. Gustavo Pisani

    Maybe companies are looking for more abstraction capabilities on candidates in view of complex scenarios ahead. More than strategic thinkers they may need visionaires capable to inspire stakeholders against all odds.
    Corporate flexibility thus will have to cope with this new breed of managers in terms of culture, policies and governance changes.
    Quick adaptability may create a need to look for challenge oriented candidates instead of career oriented candidates.
    Is there a proven profile for this requirement capable to sort adventurers from true professionals?

    Reply
  2. Gustavo Pisani

    Maybe companies are looking for more abstraction capabilities on candidates in view of complex scenarios ahead. More than strategic thinkers they may need visionaires capable to inspire stakeholders against all odds.
    Corporate flexibility thus will have to cope with this new breed of managers in terms of culture, policies and governance changes.
    Quick adaptability may create a need to look for challenge oriented candidates instead of career oriented candidates.
    Is there a proven profile for this requirement capable to sort adventurers from true professionals?

    Reply

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