Our Process

Initial consultation:

A round table discussion with the stakeholders of the job to discuss the business issues; conduct a competency based job analysis; identify critical competencies required to achieve specific objectives and targets; identify potential sources of candidates; agree on preferred interview process and time lines.

Research:

AK Group will utilize their database and network of contacts; industry directories, social media; association contacts and advertising in order to develop a recruiting list. This list will be managed and updated by a project manager who is responsible to identify potential candidates.

Interviews:

The Account Manager will interview and screen candidates then prepare and present a short list of candidates for the client. The Project Manager will coordinate interviews with the client and conduct reference checks. Meetings with the client, normally handled in a series of first, second and final interviews can take up to three weeks to complete.

Candidate Assessment:

AK Group partners with Saville and Holdsworth Ltd. www.shl.com utilizing their assessment tools such as the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ 32).

Feedback:

Following each interview with the client, the Account Manager will debrief the candidate and feed back to the client all potential areas of concern.

Offer and Resignation:

The Account Manager will actively participate in drafting, presenting, negotiating the offer as well as taking responsibility to "close the deal". The Account Manager will work with the candidate to prevent a counteroffer situation, assist in drafting the resignation letter and psychologically prepare the candidate and counsel him or her through the process.

Start Date:

The Account Manager will ensure the candidate starts as quickly as possible following the resignation.

Retention:

AK Group is committed to ensuring that the candidate makes an immediate impact on the organization. 'The First 90 Days' by Canadian Michael Watkins, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland is our recommended reading.