The executive search process is not just about resumes, job descriptions, roles and responsibilities matrices, or organization charts. A successful career placement demands that you present your personal values, professional goals, and business ethics from the very first step in the process.
Inflating your resume, misrepresenting your experience or professional history, and excluding critical elements from you curriculum vitae can only yield a negative result. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to finding a position that fits well.
Make an effort to accomodate the schedules of hiring leaders by being flexible and prepared for an interview on short-notice.
Research the company that is interested in you as a candidate; when you educate yourself, you are able to ask smart questions in your interview(s). Also, demonstrating sincere interest in the company is immediately noticeable by hiring leaders, and increases your chance of getting an offer.
Have realistic expectations.
There are a myriad of factors that must be met before a successful placement can be made. By maintaining a realistic perspective of the placement process, you can be sure that the results will be as expected.
Negotiate in good faith.
Just as honesty is the best policy, honest negotations are essential to the development of a long-term professional relationship with your executive recruiter. Moreover, negotiating simultaneously with other recruiters could interfere with the opportunity of a lifetime!