As well as providing clients with formal testimonies from named referees we carry out extensive due diligence to gain insights into a candidate’s personality, motivation, values and leadership capabilities.
This includes speaking with former colleagues and leveraging our extensive network of industry contacts.
We also carry out psychometric testing as standard and undertake a thorough search of a candidate’s online and social media presence to minimise future reputational risk and secure the candidate best suited to the role.
FAQs about Executive Referencing
Each candidate that appears on the shortlist is asked to provide two referees. One is their direct report and one will be a peer.
Only in exceptional circumstances.
For example, if the client we are working for operates in a niche sector where the targeted candidate pool is small, the client may not want to alert the competition to their recruitment plans. We may not want to expose the candidate either.
Contacting a current employer before a job offer has been made has the potential to limit their career. That said, given our 30 years in retail executive search, we have built up a detailed knowledge of every candidate and how they are likely to act under different circumstances.
All references are provided to you in a full written report.
Our clients trust us to find the right person at the first time of asking
I would recommend Tony in a heartbeat.
Tony has a wide network across the UK retail market and knows what’s going on across sectors. Tony is able to match his clients to candidates in smart partnerships with close consideration of cultural fit, which is very rare in my experience.
As a candidate, Tony always kept me updated on the progress of any project and then remained in touch throughout the assignment, providing valuable executive support and advice.
I am always grateful that Tony picks up the phone to me frequently with such interesting opportunities
Past experience has always given me the perception that dealing with a head-hunter can be a long and time consuming business. However, with agp this certainly was not the case. From the initial discussion through to the final interview it was quick, efficient and enjoyable.
Tony is honest, open and easy to talk to. He gives you straightforward feedback at every step and a great deal of support during the whole process. It’s more like dealing with someone you have known for a long time, rather than a business transaction.
I also found that if Tony promised to call you or send something to you he did and it happened on time. You were never left hanging around, uncertain of what should happen next. He delivered everything as promised and in a most professional but friendly manner.
The final thing that surprised me was that Tony does keep in touch. He doesn’t just leave you to get on with it, he’s more like a trusted colleague than a recruitment consultant
I have worked with Tony at agp for many years both as a client and a candidate.
Tony has in-depth experience and knowledge of the consumer industry which enables him to really understand the client’s and candidate’s needs and requirements in the interim market. This expertise has translated into great quality interim roles and candidates.
On a personal level Tony is friendly, approachable and responsive which makes him a pleasure to work with.