How is executive recruiting different?

Executive search vs traditional recruiting

Executive recruiting, often referred to as executive search or headhunting, differs from traditional recruiting in several ways.

Specialisation & expertise

Executive recruiters typically specialise in recruiting senior-level executives, such as CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, and other C-suite positions. They possess deep industry knowledge and understand the unique skills and qualifications required for these top-level roles.


Executive searches often involve confidential placements, particularly when recruiting for key leadership positions within organisations. Executive recruiters must maintain discretion to protect both the employer's and the candidate's privacy.

Networking & relationships

Executive recruiters rely heavily on their networks and relationships within specific industries to identify and attract top executive talent. They often have extensive connections built over years of experience in the field.

Customised approach

Executive recruiting typically involves a more personalised and customised approach tailored to the specific needs of the client organisation. Recruiters work closely with clients to understand their culture, strategic goals, and leadership requirements to find the best match.

Passive candidate sourcing

While traditional recruiting often focuses on active job seekers, executive recruiters frequently target passive candidates who may not be actively looking for new opportunities but possess the skills and experience sought by their clients.

Longer recruitment process

Executive searches can take longer than traditional recruiting processes due to the high stakes involved and the need to find the right candidate fit for critical leadership roles. The process often includes thorough assessments, interviews, and negotiations.

Focus on leadership & soft skills

In addition to technical expertise and experience, executive recruiters pay close attention to candidates' leadership abilities, strategic thinking, communication skills, and cultural fit with the organisation.

Overall, executive recruiting requires a more specialised, nuanced, and strategic approach compared to traditional recruiting, reflecting the critical importance of senior leadership positions within organisations.

How is executive recruiting different?

Want to recruit top executive talent?

Want to recruit top executive talent?

Now that you better understand how to hire a CEO, 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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