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process and research

Underpinning our values, the foundations for delivering exceptional shortlists and high calibre appointments are thorough processes, expert candidate research and extensive consultant networks across all sectors of the economy.

We have outlined below the key stages in our search which ensure that we deliver success.


A thorough briefing is crucial. We spend time with you to build the deepest possible understanding of your priorities as an organisation, and develop a detailed profile of the position. At this stage we will also prepare a full recruitment schedule and a research and candidate attraction strategy (as appropriate). At the briefing we also discuss the final interview and assessment stages of the process.

Search and candidate attraction

Prospectus places great emphasis on high-quality candidate research. Our expert research team work closely with our consultants to contact both information sources and potential candidates, and we keep you continuously updated on our progress. This is also an excellent opportunity to gauge feedback in the marketplace on your organisation. If the position is advertised, our in-house advertising team will create attractive and cost-effective media postings.

Longlist and interviews

After the official closing date, a longlist of the most suitable candidates will be selected and alongside the client. We carry out face-to-face, competency based interviews with each candidate. Following these assessments we will meet with the client again, present interview reports and discuss the candidates to determine who will be shortlisted for the final stages.

Final interviews

The final interviews are extremely important, and we are available to support you throughout this process and often advise on structure and content. At this stage, psychometric testing can be built in if required. Once a candidate has been selected we are able to support our clients in offers, negotiations and referencing. Importantly, we also regret unsuccessful candidates, ensuring they receive constructive feedback and take away a positive view of their recruitment experience and your organisation.

Appointment and aftercare

With a long track record of executive appointments, we know how important it is that the appointee benefits from a successful onboarding process to their new role. We keep in touch with both client and successful candidate, and where appropriate will recommend networks to the appointee and make introductions.

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