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The 10 commandments of executive recruitment

Written by Kimberley Startup | May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

InterviewAs your business grows, there will likely come a time when you need to find a senior appointment or executive. But recruiting executive level posts is often challenging.

What if you’re new hire costs you money instead of making you money? What if their management style upsets all your star employees and they choose to leave?

These are just a few of the consequences of making a bad executive recruitment decision. Yet with some proper preparation and a well-planned, thought-through recruitment process, you can easily avoid all this and increase your chances of finding a successful executive.

If you’re new to executive recruitment, fear not; here are the Ten Commandments for finding that perfect senior appointment.


Thou shalt not hire an executive based solely on their skills and experience

Thou shalt ensure my new executive’s ambition and motivation is aligned with my company

Thou shalt not let costs drive my executive recruitment decisions

Thou shalt hire for business and profit growth – not cost avoidance

Thou shalt never assume that top executives don’t have other career options

Thou shalt ensure my new senior professional is at least paid the market rate

Thou shalt always keep up-to-date with industry news and key media

Thou shalt promote a positive image of my company and provide feedback to my candidates

Thou shalt use LinkedIn to my advantage and build invaluable relationships

Thou shalt not delay in making an offer when I find my perfect executive


Executive recruitment is paramount to the success and growth of your business, ultimately setting a company apart from its competitors.

While it might seem like a huge and daunting task, follow the ten commandments of executive recruitment and you really will reap the rewards – having a genuine opportunity to identify the best executive talent for your team to boost your business up a gear.

If you need some assistance with your executive recruitment, Webrecruit has had great success filling senior positions for some of the UK’s leading businesses. Find out about our executive recruitment solutions by clicking on the button below.

One thought on “The 10 commandments of executive recruitment

  1. Upfront Business Development on Reply

    The list is well put together and I think many of the points will be helpful for those unsure. Linkedin is indeed a great site for building relationships and gathering information as are various other social media outlets such as Twitter. I think although your first commandment says not to hire based solely on skills and experience, these two should still be very important aspects of your decision.

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