Finding exceptional people through executive search

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Executive talent is in short supply. We all know that people are your greatest asset.

We have a proven methodology. After two decades, we know what works - or, more importantly, what doesn’t - so we are trusted by our clients. Our agile approach to the delivery of executive search solutions allows us to treat every client with an essence of individuality, allowing you to feel you are 100% part of the solution delivered.

How is the executive search process initiated?

Whether you are an existing client using us to recruit another executive or board member, or you're new to Hanover, our executive search services always starts the same: a deep face-to-face dive into your preferences, background, experience, business, strategy, culture, team, job profile and expectations of this potential new hire. Our executive search consultants will guide you through salary and package expectations, talent supply and how we can offer a potentially more diverse and inclusive approach if that’s what’s required. We can fulfill and discuss any business initiatives - for example, a more gender-balanced or diverse workforce, a shift in culture, or a desire to disrupt.

Why should I use Hanover for an executive recruitment service?

We are experts; voted number-one firm by Executive Grapevine for the consecutive year in the categories  of Financial Services and Retail, highly ranked for Asset Management and Global Banking.

We apply this same expertise to all our markets, whether we are just venturing into them as they emerge and the market demands, or have been recruiting into them for two decades. We are proactive and act with intent and deep specialist knowledge. We offer swift research and process-led methodology that delivers a 90% success rate, frequently within 3 weeks of signing the contract.

1. Initiate Search Project

- Define client requirements, candidate profile, timelines, company culture and desired outcomes

2. Define Hiring Process and Strategy

- Agree on hiring process and assignment strategy

3. Market Mapping

- Identify competitors and additional talent pools to create a focused market map

4. Initial Screening

- Quantitative talent screening, interviews, and assessment by Hanover

5. Candidate Reporting

- Tailored candidate reports related to longlist

6. Further Assessment

- Qualitative assessment and referencing of confirmed shortlist, including D&I data capture

7. Shortlist

- Shortlist with Hanover viewpoints on suitability and optional personality profiling and leadership assessment

8. New Executive Hire

- Support delivery of process and manage resignation

9. Partnership review

- 360 review meeting to assess success and points of reference


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Who is Hanover?

Hanover a leading global executive search firm. Our mission? To redefine the way organizations find exceptional professionals. With a global footprint and an unwavering commitment to excellence, we’re not just about executive search; we’re about cultivating collaborative partnerships. Learn more about what we can do for you and your organization.

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How does psychometric profiling impact executive search?

Understanding candidates at a deeper level helps you to assess how they’re likely to think, behave and interact with others. It also helps you to evaluate their cultural fit and how their personality will contribute to diversity in your organisation. Through short-listed candidates completing a short online questionnaire, you gain valuable insights that support your decision-making process. 

How does leadership assessment onboard a successful executive candidate?

Psychometric profiling provides good insight, but for senior and other critical roles, pur executive search consultants build on this by offering in-depth leadership assessment. This focuses on behaviour – how a candidate achieves results and leads others. Through a rigorous but supportive process with both internal and external candidates, we gather behavioural evidence against the factors that equate to high-performance in the role. You receive comprehensive insights that help you to identify, quantify and manage the risks associated with key appointments. Candidates receive detailed feedback that helps them to on-board with your organisation and succeed in the role.

What happens if I don’t know exactly what I am looking for?

At times, an existing job spec just isn’t what’s required. Maybe you don’t want a like for like, or indeed it’s a brand-new position being recruited. There are a number of ways we can guide you to the correct specification. This may mean offering our Talent Solutions team to help assess and benchmark the current talent in the business, or working your specialist partner to flesh our what you need and will be able to attract with your budget. Our partners have in-depth knowledge about salary, remuneration packages and other requirements to ensure you meet your goals.

How do you screen and find executive candidates?

We draw on extensive networks, spending many hours researching, identifying and engaging with potential executives. In-depth knowledge of our sectors and internal collaboration provides brilliant results. Extensive trusting relationships built over time allow our partners to reach the very best candidates, and with knowledge and influence gain interest. When our executive recruiters present the shortlist, it goes without saying we will have met them in person and really understand their competencies, wants, desires and passion - we won’t waste anyone’s time.

What happens if things go wrong?

We too are vulnerable. When dealing with people - plus macroeconomic factors - sometimes things don’t go to plan. We work in partnership with you to find a solution when this happens, and sometimes re-thinking and re-approaching an executive search gives amazing results.

How long will it take?

This is dependent on the role and scarcity of talent, however, we aim to produce a shortlist for your new executive member as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. It’s not uncommon to have a shortlist for your new executive team member within 3 weeks.

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Start your executive search today

As you know by now, finding top-tier talent is a time-consuming process. Hanover is proud to be your guide throughout the process. Our proven methodology streamlines the executive search, ensuring that the most qualified candidates are selected for your consideration. Find your next leader by getting in touch with our knowledgeable executive recruitment team today.

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