There are two categories of Candidates: Active Candidates (actively looking for new employment) and Passive Candidates (generally happy with the current role).

Often Passive Candidates don’t prepare as they should and play hard to get in the interview process. If you are a Passive Candidates we advise you to be prepared and engaged.

  • 1. Return the recruiter’s call promptly.
  • 2. Be up front with the recruiter about your capabilities, credentials, and current compensation package.
  • 3. Be open to sending your resume to the recruiter for consideration for future opportunities even if the role being discussed is not a fit.  Having your resume on file enables you to be more quickly considered for new searches that launch in the future, since recruitment firms will check their internal database and networks first.  You may also want to keep abreast of current open searches at a firm you have connected with.  That way, when you see a role that interests you, you can reach out to the recruiter you know to get the scoop and throw your hat into the ring.
  • 4. Be open-minded to exploring an opportunity even if the location is not ideal.  There are so few senior-level positions the higher up you go in your career, that to take your career to the next level, it is important to be flexible when it comes to location.
  • 5. Keep in mind that, even if you don't end up taking the position, going through the recruiting and interviewing process in and of itself is valuable, from the standpoint of deepening your relationship with the executive search firm, and networking with the client company, as well as sharpening your interviewing skills and refining your resume.