Headhunting in France : our processes
Headhunting is a method that can be used to directly contact potential candidates. This procedure is efficient and necessary in some cases, for example when candidates are searched in a specialized industry with special skills, but also if the search is highly confidential.
We use the method of head-hunting not only for high-level positions, but also for jobs that require a high degree of expertise.
For companies who want to further expand in France, headhunting is often the appropriate method to find the best profiles.
First, we begin to identify potential companies as a target group. These are companies that operate in the same industry as our clients and therefore could be their direct competitors. We create this list of target companies by using different methods: Information provided by our clients, knowledge of the industry by our Headhunters, directories etc.
This list of target companies is then checked together with the client in order to ensure that no candidates from partner companies are targeted as this could cause problems.
In a further step, our headhunters are going to identify suitable candidates by using various techniques, which are based on the know-how of our company.
Next follows the contact with the potential candidates. This is a very delicate phase that requires great sensitivity to convince a candidate who actually is not actively looking for a job. Again, the expertise of our headhunters is essential because the very first interview is of high importance. The important key words are mentioned to awake and to strengthen the interest of the candidate.
If these phases are successfully passed, personal interviews with candidates are organized. Those allow assessing both the skills and the personality of the candidate in relation to the job.
Moreover, in a personal conversation, other aspects can be clarified, which could increase the interest of the candidate for the position.
From the second week, the first candidates will be contacted. Normally the whole process, up to the creation of a « shortlist », takes 4 to 6 weeks.
Our work is characterized by a high degree of transparency. We provide upon request the details of all contacted candidates.
Thanks to its long experience, our headhunter team in France masters this recruiting process perfectly. Accordingly, we are able to provide our clients with the candidates who are most suitable for each vacant position.