The Valdivia concept of Executive Search reaches far beyond the search as such. We accompany the assigning enterprise as well as the candidates all the way from their first encounter to intensifying the contact and far beyond. As part of our Valdivia Internal series, we are today presenting this initial stage of making contact – starting with a first personal interview and resulting in both parties’ signing the contract.
Presenting the Shortlist
To start with, we present our client with previously selected candidates. Depending on the number of applicants, we will select the most suited ones with the best perspectives. Valdivia candidate profiles do not only contain the original CVs but also any qualifications and personal information relevant for the position in question. For further transparency, we simultaneously make these documents accessible via our Valdivia customer portal. This way, our clients can view the status of our work as well as all the relevant documents, such as profiles, constituent parts of the contract, and the final job description at any time.
A second specific of Valdivia’s Executive Search Process is another part of this presentation. We introduced it to you in Valdivia Internal no. 5: the results of the Behavioural Profile Analysis (BPA; German: Verhaltensprofilanalyse = VDA) as well as a leadership skills alnalysis based on a similar approach. Both analyses will be done on customer request.
Meeting and Speaking Face-to-Face
Now it is time for actually getting to know each other. Our client will meet in person those candidates who made it through the preselection process. It often takes three or even four rounds before both parties find they have a thorough understanding of each other, sometimes also with the relevant departments or decision-makers present, as the second and third interview come around.
Valdivia takes full care of arranging this period, preparing candidates for topics that may come up as well as accompanying them to the interviews, if they wish us to do so. Should the enterprise decide against them and against further interviews, Valdivia will inform the candidate accordingly and provide them with meaningful and qualified feedback. We make a point of explaining the reasons for such a decision in a professional and comprehensible way.
Offer Management – The Freestyle Part
As soon as the enterprise has made its final choice of the successful applicant, another very important part of our work starts. Valdivia’s Executive Search process stands out in that we further accompany our clients and candidates even during their contractual negotiations. Our services include:
- On client’s request, we retrieve references for the candidate.
- We check the offer (salary and benefits) and assisst in working out the contract if needed. Moreover, we offer to obtain legal counselling on the employment contract.
- In the interest of both parties, we support the candidate in terminating their existing employment.
This way, Valdivia’s experience and methodology ensure that the process will be successful for everybody involved and run as smoothly as possible. This procedure rests on our fundamental values of diligence, far-sightedness and trustworthiness. Clients and candidates alike benefit from the feeling of being on a good and safe way with us as their partner.