Ten ways an executive search firm can let you down


By J. Larry Tyler, FACHE, FHFMA, FAAHC, CMPE, Chairman and CEO

More than 35 years of experience in healthcare executive recruitment have provided Tyler & Company’s founder insight into how to run a reputable firm and maintain its values.

Steer clear of executive search firms that:

  1. Don’t conduct national searches and rely solely on their database of candidates.
  2. Don’t properly vet candidates, if at all.
  3. Vet candidates, but fail to provide you with negative feedback.
  4. Negotiate with candidates on your behalf, but not at the lowest compensation.
  5. Interview multiple candidates on one trip, but send the entire bill to all applicable clients vs. split costs among clients.
  6. Fail to disclose relationships with candidates they have placed previously or who were clients.
  7. Don’t follow the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ (AESC) Code of Ethics.
  8. Don’t abide by AESC’s Professional Practice Guidelines.
  9. Don’t put forth the same effort in a replacement search as they would in their original assignment.
  10. Don’t operate under a philosophy of transparency and trust.

Reach J. Larry Tyler, FACHE, FHFMA, FAAHC, CMPE, Chairman and CEO, at 770-396-3939 or ltyler@tylerandco.com.

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