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Who will conduct the search?

    A task-organized team, headed by an M&F Partner, handles each search. Team assignments are based on expertise and knowledge, relative to the client's requirements. The identity and role of all team members are fully disclosed at the beginning of each search.

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    How many searches does each Partner handle at one time?

    M&F Partners typically handle no more than three to five searches at a time.

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How long will the search take?

    The Briefing & Research Phase is usually complete within three to four weeks. The Candidate Development Phase is usually complete within six to eight weeks. Past that point, a wide range of factors impact the time that will be required to bring the search to conclusion. Chief among these is availability of candidates and client executives for interviews.

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What causes searches to become protracted?

    Searches become protracted for a number of reasons, such as a limited pool of candidates, competitiveness of the compensation package, geographic factors, client image and reputation, etc. However, the most common reason is the difficulty of scheduling interviews. Client executives involved in the selection process often have very little flexibility or time available within a four to six week window. When there are multiple rounds of interviews, this can be a significant issue. The best candidates, who are often actively employed and committed to their current organization, have similar scheduling constraints. This problem can be minimized by pre-scheduling blocks of time when client executives will set aside time for interviews.

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How does M&F ensure the search stays on track and is completed in a reasonable time frame?

    We employ a project management system that tracks progress and key milestones for every search from beginning to completion. Since the system is maintained on a real-time basis we can provide current status reports at any time during the search process.

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What is the research goal?

    The M&F research goal is to conduct the most comprehensive and current market survey possible to identify the talent pool of candidates most relevant to our client. Research results are typically presented within 3-4 weeks.

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What are the advantages of M&F's internal research capabilities?

    A tenured, professional research team works closely with M&F Partners on each search. These individuals have first hand knowledge of the client and search objectives. This provides our clients a brainstorming and problem solving resource that can develop unique search solutions. By contrast, subcontracted research is conducted by third parties with limited knowledge of the client's requirements whose methods are not monitored for quality or relevance.

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What are the implications of conducting a search on a narrowly focused regional basis?

    Conducting a narrowly focused regional search is a common reaction to the cost and difficulty of relocation. This may result in sub-standard candidates if the pool of local candidates is limited. Conducting the search on a broader geographic basis allows access to more top talent. In most cases, the additional cost of conducting research and candidate development on a national versus local basis will be minimal. It is not uncommon to find out-of-area candidates whose relocation requirements are minimal, due to a personal desire to move to the client's geographic area.

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