Retained Search Partners

Our team of trusted experts will help you transform your business by recruiting and retaining the right leadership talent.

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Our Unique Process

Learn more about our unique, personalized, step-by-step search process to find the perfect fit for your business.

Step 1

We begin each search by getting to know the client's unique talent needs. As a puzzle piece has a unique pair, we specialize in finding the missing piece on your leadership team. Our team focuses on presenting candidates whose skills, temperament, and work style are complementary to the client and their leadership team.

Gather Intelligence and Administer Kolbe

During this step of the process, we interview those who know the CEO best, including leadership team members, line staff, and even the CEO’s spouse. The information we gather during these conversations helps us to develop and validate the search parameters. The Kolbe RightFit™ assessment is also introduced to find an appropriate “work style” match. 

Prepare Documents

Our team is busy preparing key documents, such as a position profile, search parameters, and a target list during this stage. The Range of Success™ report is prepared to ensure sourced candidates are in alignment with the goals and priorities of the role.

Step 2

We begin the recruiting process by developing a well-crafted research plan. Our team executes on this research plan to generate targeted lists of top performing candidates.

Present Benchmark Candidates

During this step of the process, we get qualified candidates in front of our CEOs and other decision makers quickly. A benchmark candidate is one whom we believe meets most of the candidate qualifications.  

Candidate Referrals

Our client then lets us know if we are on the mark; we refine, and then present more, and better, candidates. During this stage, the client will be actively interviewing top talent for their key leadership role.

Step 3

We spend time with our clients to help them determine their top and secondary choices. Our team will conduct detailed reference checks on the top candidate, and help develop a fair and competitive offer letter.

Candidate Reference Checks

Once final candidate(s) have been identified, we conduct structured reference checks. These discussions are used to probe key areas of the candidates’ background(s), and to validate their rankings.  Based on the information gathered from these calls, we discuss any issues that have surfaced with the candidate/ client and recommend next steps.

Develop Offer

The client selects finalists it wishes to pursue, and in what order during this stage. Our team at Kaplan Executive Search will assist the client in preparing an offer letter that is a win-win for both parties.

Step 4

We wrap-up the search by overseeing the negotiation process, as well as assisting in the development of the on-boarding plan. 

Negotiate

This is a critical phase in the process - for both the client, as well as the candidate. We help both parties come to an agreement during this stage and serve as an intermediary to work through all issues that may arise. 

Prepare for Candidate Start Date

It is crucial that the new hire tie up all loose ends in order to hit the ground running in his or her new position. During this step, we help finalize a start date that is comfortable for both the organization, as well as the individual. The team at Kaplan Executive Search will also work with the client to develop a successful on-boarding plan to ensure a seamless transition.

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Hear From Our Clients

"Many thanks for coming through with an exceptionally well qualified company…You not only found a company with the appropriate culture, but a company who I would consider to be the “best-of-the-best” in their industry. I cannot thank you enough for your rare talent in successfully recruiting superior firms, for superior candidates. Similar to the company you recommended for me, you are also the “best-of-the-best.”
Michael Richards
Inside Sales Manager, Online Tech, Ann Arbor, MI
"Adam took the time to really understand the role and our company so he could tailor his search for the “right” candidate to fill a role at Zoup! The final selection was an ideal candidate who has exceeded our expectations and we are very happy with the service Adam provided. We plan to use Adam again for future talent searches."
Richard Simtob
President, Zoup!, Southfield, MI
"I hired Adam Kaplan to lead a national search for a VP – Sales at my company, CRDN. Within 90 days, I was interviewing three highly qualified candidates and soon thereafter I had my person. Adam owned the recruitment and negotiation process 100%. I highly recommend Adam to business owners who want a professional recruiter to do their searches right."
Wayne Wudyka
CEO, CRDN (#1 Textile Restoration Company in the US)
“Adam has done a great job and was worth every penny on this engagement. The amount of communication and insight he provided was truly impressive.”
Edmond Delude
CEO, E7 Solutions

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