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Questions from clients and candidates

Our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) contain answers to the most common questions our clients and candidates ask our consultants about executive search. Should you have any specific questions that we have not yet answered, please contact us at or call us on +44 (0)203 355 7050. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 1 business day.

  • What Is Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)?

    An acronym commonly used throughout the Human Resources (HR) and recruitment industry, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is a form of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) whereby a business subcontracts it's hiring-related operations to a third party provider on a permanent basis. The provider acts as an extension of the clients' HR function, either managing particular elements of the recruitment process or the entire operation. The provider supplies the necessary ...

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  • What Is Project Recruitment?

    Project recruitment is a form of recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) designed to support urgent or business-critical human capital transformations. Working in conjunction with an organisations' Talent Acquisition (TA) or Human Resources (HR) function, project recruitment aims to help organisations effectively respond to and manage these complex, high-risk scenarios by finding, qualifying and placing top talent wi...

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  • What is Executive Search?

    Executive search, otherwise known as headhunting or search and selection, is a specialised form of recruitment used to identify, qualify and shortlist A-players for senior-level or specialist roles. Executive search firms may specialise in a specific sector, for example, the life sciences, or work across multiple sectors with a focus on a particular function, for example, Internet Technology (IT). Some work across multiple industries an...

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  • Executive Search Vs Recruitment: What’s the Difference?

    Confused about the difference between executive search and recruitment? You’re not alone! The terms are frequently used interchangeably, even by those within the industry. However, while executive search consultants and recruiters share the same goal, their methodology is quite different.

    Executive Search Vs Headhunters

    Let’s clear this up right away. Executive search and headhunting are the same. A headhunter may be an independent consultant or work for an executive search firm. Here at Fraser Dove International – a specialis...

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  • Retained Vs Contingent Recruitment: What’s the Difference?

    In this FAQ, we look at retained Vs contingency solutions; how they work and where they differ. It’ a question our consultants field a lot. While Hiring Managers and HR are well aware of recruitment agencies and executive search firms, few understand the subtle differences in their business models and how this can impact a search. Quite simply, choosing between contingent and retained recruitment solution can be the difference between placing a candidate, and not. Here we explore the difference in fees structure, methodology, service quality, exclusivity and relationships, starting with fee...

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  • Active Vs Passive Candidates: What’s the Difference?

    What's the difference between active and passive candidates and who should I hire? It's a question our consultants get asked frequently. But while the differences mainly boil down to their personal circumstances and job search activity, each type has its own merits and drawbacks.

    Active candidates

    Accounting for approximately 25% of the global workforce, active candidates are those individuals who are proactively seeing work. They might be full-time employed or unemployed. There are a number of reasons why these candidates mig...

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