Expert Q&A: Preparing for a Call from an Executive Search Consultant


BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of Preparing for a Call from an Executive Search Consultant, featuring Lisa Thompson, from Pearson Partners International, an AESC member firm.

Some of the questions asked included:

  • How can I make it easier for executive search consultants to find and contact me?
  • What questions should I be prepared to answer if a search consultant contacts me?
  • It’s great that I was contacted by a recruiter, but how do I ensure they’re from a reputable firm?
  • Why do recruiters call to chat if they’re not interested in me as a candidate?
  • Should I be suspicious if the search consultant cannot tell me the name of the company they’re working for?
  • If I’m not interested in the position the consultant is calling about, will they get back in touch for other roles?
  • What documents should I have prepared to send if a recruiter is interested in me as a candidate?

If you missed it, catch up on all the excellent advice that was given in the Storify transcript below.

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