The appointment of an executive whose background reveals significant shortcomings can seriously damage the reputation of a business.
As part of our executive search service or as a stand-alone product, we provide clients with a rigorous, thoughtful and forensic referencing of their potential candidates, designed to reveal insights into a candidate’s management style, capability and personality that cannot always be uncovered during an interview.
We speak formally with all named referees, as well as informally with unnamed referees or business contacts that we have identified through our research. We also check County Court judgements, credit references and bankruptcy notices. In addition, each candidate is subject to a thorough online and social media analysis.
The information gained from the reference process helps to mitigate some of the risks associated with making senior executive appointments, and can be particularly valuable when a client wants an independent check on a potential candidate who has not been introduced by Odgers Berndtson.