How do I choose an executive recruiter?

How to make an informed decision

Choosing the right executive recruiter is crucial for your career advancement. Here are some steps to help you make an informed decision.


Look for reputable executive recruiters in your industry. You can start by asking for recommendations from colleagues, mentors, or industry associations. Online platforms and directories specialising in executive recruitment can also provide valuable insights.

Evaluate experience & specialisation

Check the recruiter's track record and experience in placing candidates in executive positions. Consider whether they specialise in your industry or function. A recruiter with deep knowledge of your field is more likely to understand your needs and requirements.

Assess reputation

Look for reviews and testimonials from both clients and candidates. A recruiter's reputation within the industry can give you an idea of their professionalism, integrity, and success rate.

Interview potential recruiters

Treat the selection process like a job interview. Ask about their approach to executive search, their network, and how they source candidates. Inquire about their understanding of your industry and the specific challenges you may face.

Discuss terms & conditions

Understand the recruiter's fee structure, timeline, and any exclusivity agreements. Make sure you're comfortable with the terms before moving forward.

Evaluate communication style

Effective communication is essential throughout the recruitment process. Ensure that the recruiter is responsive, transparent, and keeps you informed about the progress.

Trust your insticts

Pay attention to your gut feeling during interactions with the recruiter. Trust is essential in this partnership, so choose someone you feel confident working with.

Check credentials

Verify the recruiter's credentials and affiliations with professional organisations such as the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC). Membership in such organisations can indicate a commitment to ethical standards and best practices.

Consider cultural fit

If possible, choose a recruiter whose values and working style align with yours. A good cultural fit can lead to a more productive and successful collaboration.

Seek referrals

If you know executives who have successfully been placed by a recruiter, consider reaching out to them for feedback and recommendations.

By following these steps and conducting thorough research, you can find an executive recruiter who can effectively represent your interests and help you achieve your career goals.

How do I choose an executive recruiter?

Want to recruit top executive talent?

Want to recruit top executive talent?

Now that you better understand how to choose an executive recruiter, you may be interested in learning more about 11 Recruitment's executive search services.

At 11, our executive search process is designed to attract, recruit, and retain high achievers based on the assumption that high achievers are both passive candidates and are scarce. 

We offer our specialised search and headhunting services to clients seeking top executives for a range of positions, including:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Operations Manager / Director
  • Finance Manager / Director
  • Sales Manager / Director
  • HR Manager / Director
  • Marketing Manager / Director
  • IT Manager / Director
  • Service Manager
  • General Manager
  • State Manager
  • National Manager
  • Commercial Manager

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