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The Innovation Bonus of Hiring a Competitor

At my firm, we’ve known for a long time the value that experience earned at one pharmaceutical company can have on the next pharmaceutical company that hires an executive. It’s the primary reason why we keep such close tabs on the candidates we connect with and the ones we place. We try to maintain these […]

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Compensation and the cost/benefits of leadership in hiring

We see two kinds of hiring companies in the life sciences industry: those that are quick to make a highly competitive offer to the right talent and those that low-ball offers and run the risk of getting the door shut on the opportunity or simply waste time negotiating. Every one of our clients has the […]

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Retained search, in-house recruiter, contingent recruiter, and RPO defined

Trying to sort through the different types of recruiters and recruiting options in a competitive job market and which will perform? Here are the pros and cons of the four top recruiting options: in-house recruiting team, contingent search, retained search and RPOs. In-house recruiting team Internal or in-house recruiting teams are comprised of various staff […]

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The Hennessy Group Celebrates Landmark 20 Years in the Life Sciences Industry

Jun 1, 2019 --  Boutique executive search consultants, The Hennessy Group, recently celebrated the start of its 20th year of service in the life sciences industry. “We couldn’t be more excited,” says founder and CEO Robert D. Hennessy. “When I started this company in 1999, I could only dream about this kind of longevity. I […]

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Preparing to be the right candidate

First, a disclaimer: you can’t be the right candidate for an executive position if you’re not qualified, no matter how many advice articles you read. This article is no exception -- it’s intended only to help you if you have what it takes to succeed at the role in the first place. So why did […]

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How Executive Candidates Know They’ve Found the Right Job

Publicly, you’ll usually hear me giving advice to companies looking to hire their next amazing executive. But behind the scenes, I spend a lot of time advising the executive job candidates who are being reviewed by these companies, too. The candidates’ number one question: how do I know that this is the right move for […]

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Is “overboarding” a problem?

How many boards can an experienced director participate on and still remain effective? I’ve known (and placed) brilliant board members and directors and realize that most are quite adept at performing the role for more than a single organization. But is there an upper-end limit? In the life sciences industry, the goal is to save […]

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Can you be too careful when hiring?

It’s good to be careful, but can you be too careful when you hire? It’s a trend that’s increasing today across all industries, even as hiring becomes more competitive, and it holds true whether you're hiring executive candidates or people on the front line. And, warning, it may not be ideal for your employer brand. […]

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5 things job candidates really mean when they say “not interested”

“Not interested.” Those two words have long been considered one of the worst nightmares for an executive recruiter -- and definitely not what you want to hear after carefully culling a precise field of the closest-to-perfect c-suite candidates. But you can’t blame the candidate. “Not interested” responses are to be expected, particularly when your best […]

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Study: What do you need to be a CEO?

When I consult executive candidates, I often need to encourage them to think outside the box in terms of their career. There's not a single path that works for everyone and rarely is it a straight-line trajectory to the top. All told, I'd say it's working. We keep close tabs on the successes of our […]

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