Clients retain Horton International to identify highly qualified candidates for specific roles in a wide range of disciplines and industries. In today's rapidly changing climate, high-caliber executives and senior managers are scarce resources. When an organization needs to hire externally, often in response to rapid changes in market dynamics, retained executive search is the most effective method.
Our executive searches are multi-faceted, encompassing traditional research, data mining, Internet sourcing, referrals and direct contacts. High-quality screening and evaluation processes, combined with the experience and judgment of our consultants, are the essential safeguards that protect confidentiality and yield the most successful candidates.
We use technology to extend and improve the reach of Horton International. With our dedicated intranet and supporting IT systems, we manage multi-country and global searches efficiently and effectively.
The benefits of our retained executive search approach are many. We provide:
- An array of qualified candidates yielded from extensive research
- Access to candidates who are not actively seeking new positions
- Complete confidentiality
- The objectivity that comes with not having a fee payment linked to a particular candidate
- A dedicated resource that lets you make successful hiring decisions without diverting focus from your core responsibilities
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a retained search?
In the context of recruiting, a retained search is comparable to choosing a business advisor to resolve a performance issue or deliver a particular solution. Organizations in a wide range of sectors retain Horton International to identify highly qualified candidates for specific senior-level positions. Our retained search service guarantees the quality and performance of a candidate.
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What is a contingency search?
In a contingency search, a recruiting firm is typically used to fill an entry- to mid-level position. The firm is paid only if and when they provide a candidate who fills a position. For this reason, contingency firms tend to quickly provide numerous resumes for a given position. While contingency searches can yield appropriate candidates, the results are unpredictable and inconsistent.
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How does a retained search work?
Horton International identifies prospective candidates using a proprietary methodology that has proven successful across industries and markets. We personally contact each identified candidate in confidence to determine their interest in, and qualifications for, a particular position. Most candidates view these exchanges as constructive and useful dialogues, which builds interest and commitment as the assignment progresses. We then work closely with our clients and prospective candidates to ensure that the desired end result is achieved.
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Why use retained search?
Proactive ApproachWe undertake extensive research to provide an array of highly qualified candidates. Moreover, we access a universe of talent that is not actively seeking new positions-which is not accessible via conventional recruiting methods.
ObjectivitySince our fee is not contingent upon the hiring of a specific individual, we provide objective, unbiased advice on both internal and external candidates
ValueBy providing only the most qualified candidates, and by offering informed assessments of those candidates, we ensure that your time and attention are not diverted from other responsibilities.
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Does Horton International only do a retained search?
While our primary expertise is retained search, we also offer a wide range of consulting services, including:
- Organizational Analysis and Strategic Planning
- Merger and Acquisition Support (due diligence, integration/assimilation)
- Organizational Effectiveness
- Executive Selection and Development
- Coaching to enhance individual effectiveness
- Management Training and Development
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Horton International helps organizations in a wide range of industries recruit the people they need to succeed. Our consultants have a depth of knowledge to match the right candidates with the business awareness they need to succeed in our clients particular work environments.
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