National advertising for an executive position in a company did not work for us. It involved too much of our resources to pick from the candidates throwing their hats into the ring to bring them in for an interview. We decide to go with a Boston recruiter that was recommended to me by a friend of mine who also is involved in a startup in another field. We collaborate and share ideas across our two industries. Even though he sells a different service altogether, there are some things in business that stay the same across industries. Recruiting good talent is a problem across the board.
We did not just want someone who could do the job. There are a lot of people out there who could actually excel at doing the job. Rather, we wanted someone who could both bring excellence to the job but was also a great personality fit for our corporate culture. I have worked coming up through the ranks in other companies with executives who could do the work but were lousy personalities to work for. Continue reading