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Several weeks ago, my good friend David Perry contacted me and asked me to record an interview with a client he'd conducted a retained executive search for - which I did. and which you'll hear soon. The client, Sheryl Blackburn, does an excellent job of explaining the internal process her organization used in determining to hire a search firm to to fill an important position of General Manager, and the step-by-step process that led to a successful outcome.

Welcome to a talent acquisition channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio this is Peter Clayton reporting.I thought this was a terrific interview, explained much about executive search - the why and the how - so I asked David if I could post it on TotalPicture Radio. After checking with his client, we got the green light.

So David Perry is here who has been a valued contributor to TotalPicture Radio - he is the Managing Director of Perry-Martel International, one of North America's top recruiting and placement firms based in Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of the popular, best selling Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters series, as well as Career Guide for the High-Tech Professional.

Questions Peter Clayton Asks David Perry in this podcast:

The last time we spoke you had personally negotiated more than $185 million in compensation - what are you up to now?

So for listeners who might not be familiar with the way executive search works, can you explain the difference between retained and contingent search?

Your client I recorded the case study for was the Search Chair for the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation - they register cows and sheep and goats and stuff. We've done case studies before - but the tended to be for executive positions in high tech companies - how did you approach this assignment?

You had mentioned to me you had contacted over 250 people.

Obviously you do a lot of background checks as part of your research, but how do you determine if someone will be a good fit?

What was unique and unusual about this project?

Where can people learn more about your and Perry-Martel International?

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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