FSPLeaders and Technology

Technology Overload: Executive Search in the Digital Age

There are few — if any — industries in today’s economy that have not been affected by the technological advancements of the last 20 years, and the field of executive search is no different. At FSPLeaders, we have been able to use some of the more recent technologies to improve and enhance our search processes. We’ve found, especially when it comes to research, technology has proven to be a huge asset. Communication has certainly become more rapid, the transfer of information has become more secure, many data sources have become more streamlined, and some of our proprietary methods of research have become more reliable. However, in a world full of online job postings, professional networking sites and virtual candidate databases, there is one area of the search process that simply cannot be digitized — the interview.

No amount of technology, in an effort to save money, can replace the in-person approach we use to get to know your organization and assess the potential fit of candidates. While some executive search firms have increased the use of tele-conferencing or video-conferencing when interviewing candidates, FSPLeaders will simply not substitute convenience for an in-person meeting.

One cannot fully assess how a potential candidate will fit with an organization unless you meet the prospect personally and spend a few hours candidly talking with them about their world view, their background, their experience and interests and how they view their role and their opinion of your organization. Anything less thorough will not ensure the right candidate is selected.