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Executive Recruitment Case Study: International Director for NCI


National College of Ireland selected Cpl Executive to manage the Executive recruitment campaign for the appointment of a new International Director. Founded in 1951, the National College of Ireland (NCI) has grown to be one of Ireland’s most innovative third-level institutions.

The executive search recruitment process implemented was a two-fold approach; an international executive search campaign, complemented by a global targeted online advertising campaign, allowing us to attract the most suitably qualified candidates both in Ireland and internationally.

The International Director is responsible for implementing NCI’s international strategy and developing integrated and deliverable operational plans, ensuring that plans are fully aligned with NCI’s 5-year academic strategy.

Following in-depth sourcing and an online interview process, the successful candidate relocated from Australia on acceptance of the International Director role.

International recruitment for the education sector

Cpl Executive met with NCI’s board and discussed the role in detail. This provided us with the responsibilities and requirements of the role. We then presented timelines, interview processes and a research target list to the client. We also prepared an in-depth candidate briefing document to share with each applicant.

The approach was used to identify exceptional candidates within the Education spaces, operating at an international level. Our task was to identify and engage with top candidates globally.

The results:

  • We carried out a targeted online advertisement campaign and reached out to candidates around the globe.

  • We engaged interested and appropriate candidates and presented weekly updates of screened candidates.

  • After several weeks of engagement and interviewing candidates, we presented a shortlist of the most qualified candidates, including one internal candidate, based on our in-depth analysis and appraisals against the specification.

  • Each candidate was given a score/rating, based on their competency interview.

  • We then managed the interview process, which was a two-round process. Interviews were all conducted online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was facilitated through MS Teams.

  • The successful candidate relocated from Australia on acceptance of the offer of employment.

Candidate pool:

A total of 350 candidates contacted Cpl Executive during the recruitment process. The designated Cpl Executive consultant had many conversations and communicated the Candidate Information Booklet to all candidates who contacted Cpl to discuss the role, on reflection not all these candidates submitted an application.

In parallel, Cpl Executive Consultants conducted an executive search process where we mapped out and headhunted suitable candidates in Ireland, Britain and Europe and networks in America and the Middle East. Cpl Executive approached a total of 62 candidates in Ireland and internationally with more details on the process below.

  • We evaluated all candidates, assessing each candidate’s suitability for the position relative to our briefing for the role and relative to each other.

  • As a result, we identified 19 candidates (7 Female and 12 Male) for progression to competency-based screening interviews with Cpl Executive.

  • Following on from the competency-based screening interviews, of the 19 longlisted candidates screened, we recommended 8 candidates (4 Female and 4 Male) who were shortlisted to progress to interview with NCI.

Through engaging with Cpl on this executive search campaign, NCI had access to additional candidates that otherwise they would not have had access to for this role.

The Cpl Executive team are experts at engaging with passive candidates and executives abroad who may not be actively engaging with open positions but are open to a career change or in moving back to Ireland, through these engagements, Cpl Executive have found some of the best-suited candidates for our C-suite roles.

As specialists in our areas, we are very knowledgeable and confident to approach passive candidates to get a different range of profiles. We also pride ourselves on managing the full recruitment process smoothly for the candidate and client to ensure the experience is positive and memorable.

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