Piedmont Group
Executive Search Firm

Methodology

The Piedmont Group is committed to providing exceptional value everyday.  We believe that it is our methodology and approach that ensures our success. This methodology begins by developing an overall client strategy and includes a number of steps.  

Step 1 – Strategy Development
This step includes an in-depth discussion with the client to determine a number of key factors that are important to the client for the search:

  • Current and future organizational objectives
  • Optimal cultural preferences
  • Targeted capability and skills

Step 2 – Candidate Profile Development
Based on the prior discussions with the client, a profile of the ideal candidate sought by the client is developed.  This profile often specifically addresses:

  • Preferred cultural and behavioral attitudes
  • Desired tenure and experience
  • Career expectation
  • Preferred geography
  • Education
  • Compensation

Step 3 – Candidate Recruitment
After determining, with the client, their needs, the Piedmont Group implements an exhaustive recruiting strategy, utilizing a number of internal and external resources including, but not limited to:

  • Data base sourcing
  • Networking resources
  • Online search

Step 4 – Candidate Screening
As part of the screening process, each candidate on the short list is contacted.  At this aspect of the process, the Piedmont Group is able to:

  • Gauge and secure candidate interest
  • Sell the client's company
  • Provide detailed information on the position
  • Discuss the candidate's role and responsibility within the company
  • Highlight the growth opportunities within the client’s company

Step 5 – Interview Process
In the interview process, the Piedmont Group has significant involvement with potential candidates.  This stage in the process is particularly important for a successful conclusion to the search.   In this step, the Piedmont Group:

  • Conducts a thorough preparation/debriefing
  • Performs in-depth reference checks of leading candidates
  • Closes the loop with declined candidates and builds goodwill

Step 6 – The Hire
The Piedmont Group focuses on securing the best candidate through last-step interviewing with lead candidates. The overall process concludes with the closing strategy, which includes salary offer assistance for the client, as well as the necessary steps to secure the hire.
Final Step – Follow-up
The Piedmont Group provides follow-up with the candidate and client to insure the candidate transition to the new company goes smoothly.