Our Process

The Focus Search Partners team understands the difference between recruiting for a position and becoming a partner to secure long-term results.

Our proven methodology yields high-performing C-Suite, Board of Directors, and executive leaders. Assessing, defining and scoping the search, executing a comprehensive process and defining communication points ensure our client’s successful search outcome. From detailed start-up meetings thorough position profiles to weekly status reports with candidate updates to offer negotiations for the final candidate, Focus Search Partners is a true partner with each client. Detailed below is an overview of the process each client can expect and trust when they choose to partner with Focus Search Partners.

Our Proven Methodology Yields High-Performing Executives

  • Meet with client to initiate search and discuss process
  • Create relevant search documents – position descriptions and client information
  • Define specific search strategy and develop target list of companies
  • Tailor internal interview process
  • Establish a regular weekly status call  to review reports with the Search Committee
  • Conduct research and develop initial prospective candidates
  • Present candidate backgrounds
  • Conduct interviews and evaluate discrete references as possible
  • Facilitate Interviews (first and second rounds) of candidates
  • Narrow list of candidates to finalist list, continue facilitating final interviews, and begin reference investigations
  • Continue reference investigations, offer discussions and final negotiation of offers
  • Ensure smooth transition of the successful candidate into client
  • Regularly communicate with both the placement and the hiring representative to help ensure a smooth transition; often includes executive coaching

Why Our Process Works

Customized Solution

Every business is different. We learn your business and tailor the search to your specific needs and cultural environment, screening out mediocre candidates or those who are not a fit.


We believe in teamwork not silos, and that means collaboration in our own firm and with our clients. Our team approach means better, smarter, faster results for you. And our commitment to high-touch client communication means you are always informed.

Deep Industry Research

By collecting and sharing data with clients, we become market experts developing a keen sense of the competitive landscape for executive talent. While others stop with the first slate of candidates, we believe in detailed research throughout the search, so the pipeline is always filled. Our research is conducted internally – never outsourced – to ensure accurate, ongoing, intelligent information. In the words of one client: “I have learned so much about my industry by simply hiring Focus Search Partners.”


We can bring resources to bear on any client’s business on any given day. Large firms can’t move quickly, and small firms don’t always have resources to address the strategic needs of your business. From start to finish, our process and people are aligned to deliver the right candidate at the right time, providing our clients both competitive advantage and speed to market.
We have worked with thousands of clients across a diverse set of industries.