Executive Search Firms vs. Inside Recruiters

Survey - Executive Search Firms - Internal Executive Recruiters -One of the hottest ongoing debates in the field of executive recruiting is whether recruiting efforts are better handled by inside recruiters or whether it’s preferable to outsource the function to executive search firms, which maintain singular focus and expertise on the recruiting function.

The survey concludes that executive search firms are favored by the large companies.

Among the survey’s other major findings:

#1 Executive search firms are sourcing a solid majority (59 percent) of the executives joining the large companies.

#2 A majority of the large companies (53 percent) maintain internal executive recruiters, and the primary reason companies to do so is a perception that inside recruiters will ensure a higher quality hire.

#3 Among the companies without an internal executive recruiting function (47 percent), a lion’s share (89 percent) reported that insufficient internal resources were the primary reason for utilizing executive recruitment firms.

The full survey is available here. It includes inspiring insights from SVP HR, VP Executive Recruiting and headhunters complemented by a set of best practices for inside executive recruiting by consultant Caroline McClure.


About Thomas Lot

Thomas Lot is the CEO & Founder of The Official Board. In his own executive roles as head of Apple Europe's retail team and then VP of Amazon Europe, Thomas understood the value of executive networking and recognized the need for clear company org. charts. As he helped many friends get in touch with executives, he came up with the solution of a comprehensive database for research and networking. Now, with the org charts of all the medium & large companies displayed on The Official Board, many more friends and executives can benefit from his introductions.

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