How to Wrap Up an Executive Search

Timing is everything when it comes to wrapping up an executive search.

Micaela Andres

Sep 26, 2020

How to Wrap Up an Executive Search

Running a semifinal and/or in-person final round to evaluate candidates more deeply is always a wise decision for an executive search. However, waiting days to meet with your committee after evaluation rounds to discuss candidates can temper the momentum from initial impressions and key observations. At the same time, you don’t want to force a group to make gut-decisions.  The best approach is usually to schedule debrief meetings directly after a particular round to discuss candidates, but refrain from an ultimate decision.  Then, use the days that follow to take other critical steps: make an extra reference call, reach out to candidates for clarification or post-visit reflections, or allow the committee to consider additional rubric measurements.  Finally, return as a group in a timely fashion to make that critical decision, before details fade from memory and decisions really do wind up made on gut.