Professional Search Process

A deliberate, structured professional search process is a vital ingredient to assuring a successful search outcome. At FaithSearch Partners, our multi-step approach has proven to be both effective and efficient while also providing the flexibility needed for specific client needs.

Step 1: Assessment

FaithSearch personally meets with all of the key stakeholders related to a specific vacant position, including members of the board and search committee, the leadership team, managers reporting to the position, and other important constituents. The input from these meetings is synthesized into a comprehensive and confidential “Assessment Report,” which is provided to the search committee or the hiring executive. This report includes the ideal candidate profile, goals for the position and issues potentially impacting the position and/or the search process.

Step 2: Research, Sourcing, Screening and Evaluating

Based on the approved candidate profile, FaithSearch proactively contacts potential prospects and referral sources regionally and/or nationally. As candidates express interest, we review resumes and conduct phone interviews. Those candidates appearing to best match the profile are personally interviewed by FaithSearch in a two hour, face-to-face meeting.

Step 3: Candidate Presentation

FaithSearch presents its recommended candidate slate to the search committee or hiring executive in a personal, confidential meeting. Semi-finalists are selected to interview with the client.

Step 4: Client Interviews and Additional Referencing

As first and second round candidate/client interviews occur, FaithSearch helps facilitate candidate travel and interview itineraries. In addition, in-depth candidate referencing is coordinated for the finalist(s).

Step 5: Negotiations and Transitions

FaithSearch assists with the candidate/client negotiations, as needed, as well as helps to assure the successful candidate transitions appropriately into his/her new role during the new executive’s first year of service.