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There are a lot of Life Sciences search firms to choose from. How do you choose the right one? We have some tips and questions for you below to consider and ask when you’re evaluating one.

  • What functions within Life Sciences does the search firm specialize? If they are larger, do they have sub groups that cover the various areas? What areas do they complete the majority of their placements? Can they provide multiple references?
  • How much experience does the firm have? Look at the history of the firm and its top leaders. Those two indicators will provide a pretty good idea on the experience level. Are senior search consultants and search consultants both working on searches or just the more junior one?
  • What kind of placements has been made within the last year? Ask for examples but keep in mind that a variety isn’t a bad thing. Too many placements in just one area could mean there aren’t too many companies left to find a candidate if that is your area of need.
  • What is the firm’s approach? How do they work with the client and candidate? How well do they communicate updates and issues with their clients? Is there a weekly status meeting with only the most critical questions being asked during the week?
  • Find out if you have international geographic requests that might not be served from some search firms. The big five search firms have a very broad reach, but don’t offer personalized service for the particulars and requirements for Life Science positions.
  • Ask for current references and/or testimonials from both clients and candidates. Ask what the longest period was a client has worked with the search firm. This will help determine if they are delivering qualified candidates on a regular basis.
  • Ask what the search firm’s process is to help the candidate prepare for the new role before and after they have started.
  • Does the firm have a database of over 100K contacts that is updated on a regular basis? LinkedIn is great, but a proprietary database is even more powerful given that it’ll also contain contacts that aren’t on LinkedIn.