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What is Executive Search?

What is Executive Search? And what’s going on “behind the curtain.” of an executive search project?

Executive search (informally called headhunting) is a specialized recruitment service which organizations pay to seek out and recruit highly qualified candidates for senior-level and executive jobs across the public and private sectors, as well as non-profit organizations or foundations (e.g., President, Vice-president, CEO, and non-executive directors (NEDs)).

At OLAM Executive Search, we treat our candidates, as well as our clients, with the utmost care. We take precious & quality time with our candidates. Most of the time we prefer working on a retainer base as one search could involve easily more than 100 hours of work.

Our experience allows us to fully understand your reality. We do target research using a pre-established network. We seek to build lasting and respectful partnerships with our customers, partners and employees.

In a nutshell, the different steps are the following. We can take from 4 to 8-10 weeks depending on the complexity of the search.



Initial meeting with the Board’s Executive Search

Research framework development

Briefing session with the client

Environment scan

Preparation of job posting

Obtaining approvals


Research & Benchmark strategies

Search list preparation

CV benchmark identification

Benchmark session with the client


The Search

Headhunting in the market

Inclusion of applications following the posting

Inclusion of candidates referred by our networks and the organization

Summary table of information on candidates

Stage summary (market comment, job responsiveness, salary review, etc.)


Long List Meetings / Interviews

By video conference

Psychometric test

Short List

Client Interviews

Interview kit (questionnaire template, evaluation grid, reference form, email templates)

When we signed with our clients, we provide a full contract with privacy, non-disclosure & guaranty clauses.

Consultants attached to OLAM Executive Search adhere to professional ethical standards as well as to the Code of Conduct - Executive Search Consultants of The Order of Certified Human Resources Professionals.

We also promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). We strongly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion strengthen us and our clients. We are committed to taking actions to make sustainable progress in our client’s organization and in the communities we serve.

If you have other questions, please feel free to contact us.

The OLAM Executive Team


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