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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.

  • 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 by hiring managers looking to fill senior-level and technical specialist roles in the life sciences. And 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. Th...

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

    When it comes to recruitment, not all agencies are created equal. We recently explored the differences between recruitment and executive search. However, 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 but essential differences in their business models and how this ...

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

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

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