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We help you headhunt the talent for your business

The process of finding hidden talent

What is headhunting? Simply put, it is the process of identifying and engaging with talent that is completely passive or even invisible in the employment market. Headhunted candidates are not actively looking for a job. One of the success measures of a search firm is their ability to turn the heads of candidates who aren’t “on the market” for work and build them into an active prospect for their client’s shortlist.

Ensuring long term success

A cautionary note – make sure you and your search partner are skilled at understanding the motivational drivers of any head-hunted candidates. Why is this important? Well, at a default level at least, headhunted candidates didn’t have the initial motivation to be interested in the role they were approached for. Consequently, all parties need to satisfy themselves that the motivators of the candidate are aligned with the deliverables of the role to ensure any appointment is likely to succeed in the long-term.

Our Difference.

Every brief is unique. We believe our difference lies within our unique value proposition and our ability to listen, consult and deliver against your brief as a committed partner in a way that contributes towards your vision.
We wanted to say thank you for finding our new CEO. I am really excited about the future or our business and am also looking forward to not always being at the helm! You have been a pleasure to work with on this appointment
- Margaret Mason OBE, Founder/CEO Children 1st Nurseries
We have had a great experience with Macildowie. I would strongly recommend anyone making a similar Director level appointment to try them!
- HR Lead, Health Services Company
Due to our rapid UK and international expansion plans we urgently needed a Franchise Director who could help deliver against those plans. Macildowie Executive Search found, engaged with and secured a number of candidates for us to meet, out of which one was the perfect candidate. This was all delivered by Macildowie against very niche search criteria and tight timeline.
- Muhummed Ibrahim, Co-Founder, Chaiiwala
Macildowie’s service was excellent – very responsive. They understood, quickly, exactly what we needed and provided three candidates in a very short turnaround time. We had two very strong contenders, one of whom we offered and is doing a fantastic job.
- HR Lead, Health Services Company
Jo is very focussed and has an extensive candidate knowledge. I was delighted with the high quality candidates she found and she successfully filled both roles. I would recommend Jo and will certainly use her in the future.
- Director of Finance
'Macildowie kept in contact with me throughout the process of recruitment so I knew what was happening. Providing excellent interview guidance, notes and preparation, which I found very useful, they also gave me feedback after every stage. I was fortunate enough to be selected for the position and they have made sure that everything was OK and kept in contact. I would more than happily recommend Macildowie.'
- Julie, Candidate - HR Director
I set Macildowie a tough challenge - needing a high calibre individual with a unique set of skills, in tight timescales, to help our rapidly-growing business and they delivered.
- Geoff Love, CEO - Commify
'The team at Macildowie took time and made the effort to really understand what our needs when we were recruiting for our FD. It was a nice change to have candidates appropriate to our requirements rather than simply the job title. From the top down, the Mac’s ethos of a greater understanding of the business needs makes recruiting so much easier.'
- Carl Gamble, Managing Director - The SAA

    Interested in exploring how we can help you headhunt your next talent?

    One of the benefits of using Macildowie’s Executive Search service is our robust motivational driver model which we use to determine intrinsic motivational factors which candidates use to keep themselves operating as an inspirational role-model.