The Research Practitioner – Skills Day (#researchskillsday), taking place on 14 March in London, offers Executive Researchers a real opportunity to gain key skills and learn techniques that will make a genuine difference to the way they work in just 1 day.

One of the aspects that separate Executive Search from transactional recruitment is that a search is a strategic approach to hiring. It involves understanding which characteristics will make the biggest difference to the client’s business, targeting and analysing industry sectors in a systematic way and directly contacting candidates who possess the right domain expertise and leadership experience.

Francesca Lahiguera, a Search Professional with over 16 years experience including a number of years at Heidrick & Struggles and a trainer at the event, comments on the importance of starting the search right: “In my experience, clients aren’t always clear on what they are looking for - they need our help! The briefing meeting is the first way you can distinguish yourself by helping clients really articulate their requirements. This will outline your search strategy, produce a meaningful position brief and help you craft a pitch that will really grab candidates’ attention. I have found that asking good questions, challenging the clients’ thinking, effective use of language and careful planning are all critical to success.”

Carol O’Driscoll, Director of Archer Search and Executive Search professional with over eighteen years international search experience working on senior level assignments across all sectors and a trainer at the event, explains the importance of embedding Competency-Based Interviewing (CBI) into the research process: “Competency-Based Interviewing can make you: more efficient, more productive, more consistent, more insightful and consequently more profitable. By attending this session you will be able to apply CBI to your daily research work and be more effective as a result.”

Lois Grimshaw, the author of the training course "Internet Search Techniques: Boolean & Beyond" has trained hundreds of executive search professionals across Europe and is now acknowledged as one of Europe’s leading trainers on Internet Research Techniques. She explains the need to stay abreast of the latest internet research skills: “Technology changes constantly (just look at the havoc the latest LinkedIn updates have caused!) and techniques that are available one day are no longer available the next. I am passionate about providing executive researchers with the tools that will help them find the hidden talent for their projects and spend a considerable amount of time prior to each course to ensure that techniques I teach are current and relevant to what they do.”

Multiple delegates from 7 countries have already signed up to attend the event. Detailed agenda is available at