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Staffing Advisors Blog

What Drives Employee Retention and Employee Turnover?

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 15, 2017

Why does a headhunter need to know about long-term employee retention and how to prevent employee turnover? Why do we read the latest research? Because knowing what causes people to leave their job, and what causes people to accept a new job is our stock-in-trade. That's what we do all day, every day. Executive search firms make a living replacing underperforming employees with top performers recruited from other organizations.

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Avoiding GroupThink in the Hiring Process

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 14, 2017

It's common to include a large number of people in a hiring decision. When handled properly, you can reduce your risk of making a hiring mistake by getting valuable input from a variety of perspectives. But when your hiring process is not organized properly, you will only be wasting everyone's time by including more people.

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The Executive Search and Hiring Process

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 7, 2017

As it turns out, creating the perfect hiring process is fairly difficult. Who knew? For more than ten years, we've been on a quest to bring you the most useful tools for every kind of hiring situation, and for every stage of the hiring process.

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How to Write Job Descriptions that Attract Top Performers

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 6, 2017

It's easy to copy a job description from another organization. But posting a job advertisement that looks like every other employer won't help you hire someone terrific.

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How to Conduct a Job Interview So Top Performers Actually Want to Take Your Job

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 1, 2017

Whether you are the CEO or a newly promoted manager, the majority of your interview training (if you received any) was probably from legal counsel. Congratulations. Now you know a dozen questions you are not allowed to ask. But how should you conduct the job interview (beyond dodging legal trouble), so that you can be confident you are hiring the best possible candidate for the job?

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Why CEO Searches Take 6 Months to Complete

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 22, 2017

In a typical CEO or Executive Director search, the hiring process can take 4-8 months. But just where does all that (elapsed) time go? 

Candidly, some of it occurs before we even know there is a search need. It's not uncommon for a committee to devote a month or two solely to the search firm selection process.  But once Staffing Advisors has been retained to run a search, the largest driver of the search timeline is scheduling.

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A CEO Search Committee Chair's Checklist

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 22, 2017

If you are the chair of a search committee you have a daunting list of factors to consider. A CEO search involves far more than posting an ad, collecting resumes and scheduling a few interviews.

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How to Evaluate a Potential Recruiting Firm

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 1, 2017

Several times a week, a potential new client calls our executive search firm to learn more about us. Most people ask us whether we have handled a certain kind of search before, most people want to know our fee structure, and everyone wants to know how long the hiring process will take. 

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The Mistake in Expecting Millennials to Pay Their Dues

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 31, 2017

Steps to a Successful CEO Search and Succession

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 9, 2017