The Lawler Group has been researching companies for decades and we will always vet any company that relies on us for their executive searches. While some executive recruiters will reassure you that they’ve done all the necessary research to give you an accurate snapshot of a hiring company, we know that there is no substitute for your own research and understanding of a potential employer. The only way to truly understand the corporate culture, business structure and potential of a hiring company is if you do some research yourself. While you can ask some questions of the individual who interviews you, they will give you a glowing report every time. After all, they want you to join the team! Practicing due diligence is the first step toward understanding a company and getting a feel for whether they are a good fit for you and your goals.
Finding Information That’s Relevant
The Lawler Group’s executive recruiters will always give you accurate, current information about any company you’ll be interviewing with, but we don’t always have the specific information you want to hear about. Do you want to know more about their benefits? Does the company show a good profit margin? A great place to start is by looking at a business’ SEC filings, where their financial information is disclosed. If our executive recruiters don’t already have that information, we can get it for you or steer you in the right direction to get it for yourself.
Executive Recruiters Start The Process
If you take the time to do a bit of research for yourself, you’ll discover an amazing amount of detailed information that can give you an accurate overview of the company so that you can make an informed decision when one of our executive recruiters is asked to make you an offer of employment. The Internet is an invaluable source of such information. With just a few keystrokes you can find company articles, blog posts and reviews as well as informative white papers that will give you a feel for the company’s culture, corporate structure, stability and much more. Our executive recruiters do this kind of research every day so that when we tender an offer to a candidate, we know the fit will be a good one. Consider the following sources of information if you’d like to do some additional research on your own:
- In-house reports or newsletters
- Business brochures and press releases
- Industry focused articles by the company and its competitors
- Trending topics within the industry that relate to the company
- News about the industry’s growth or decline in general
- Competitors’ brochures, newsletters and press releases
- The company’s history
- Current executive biographies
Finding The Right Sources
If you want honest answers and in-depth feedback about a company that has made you an offer, be sure to get insight from a variety of different sources. Talk to the hiring manager and a few of the key employees you’ll be interacting with on a daily basis. Ask your potential co-workers what they like best about the company. Ask them about the corporate chain of command and who you will be working closely with. And finally, gauge their enthusiasm; it’s an attribute that can’t be easily faked. Executive recruiters can give you an idea of what the company culture is like, but nothing replaces first-hand knowledge. For another perspective, talk to the company’s business partners and vendors as well as several of their regular customers. Each group is another facet that can contribute to your understanding of the business and your potential place within it.
The Lawler Group’s executive recruiters are here to help you find an executive level position with a company that’s the right fit for your abilities and experience. When you get that first call from us, rest assured that we’ve done our own research into the hiring company, but there’s no substitute for a candidate’s own perspective.