JSD Consulting

FAQs

Why do I need JSD Consulting?

You need an executive search firm that is as expert at its business as you are at yours.

Here are 4 reasons why you should engage JSD Consulting as your staffing partner:

  1. Rely on a process, not a promise
    Working with JSD, you will quickly learn that what makes us unique is our painstaking attention to detail and strict reliance on a continuously updated Executive Search process.
  2. See the whole candidate
    You’ll find that we ask about not only the technical aspects of the position, but also the cultural. We’ve learned that forty percent of the hiring decision is based on culture, and that’s why we take the time to learn yours and evaluate how a candidate would work within it.
  3. Profit from our proven track record
    JSD Consulting has served virtually every shape and size company in existence, from industry leaders to small start-ups. We’ve worked at all levels of the organisational structure, from the most senior to those on the front lines. You’ll benefit from the best practices we’ve garnered over an extensive time period.
  4. We go further
    Unlike our competitors our service does not stop at your front door – on the new employee’s start date. We offer our On-Board Coaching - Accelerated Performance Process™. Recruiting a manager/leader represents a heavy investment in time, effort and money. When will you start to get a return on this investment? We firmly believe that starting a new job is a process that can be taught and, if followed, will greatly enhance the success of the individual and the company. We have developed a system that ensures that the breakeven point on your investment is reached quickly.

    In addition we also offer a range of In-House Management Skills Training Workshops, designed to build the soft skills of your managers. Skills covered include:
    • Teamwork - Building Better Teams
    • Change Management
    • Problem Solving and Decision Making
    • Project Management
    • Managing Employee Performance
    • Behavioural Interviewing Techniques

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What kind of candidates will I be reviewing?

You will be presented with candidates who are QAI – Qualified, Available, and Interested. It is our responsibility to make sure that every candidate we present meets the JSD Consulting QAI standard.

  • Qualified
    You want candidates who can hit the ground running. JSD Consulting will present you with candidates who are able to do the job based on their knowledge, skills and abilities: candidates that fit the technical requirements of the job. But we don’t stop there. Qualified also means that a candidate must fit the culture of the organisation, and our process ensures that we locate candidates that have the necessary soft skills to be successful in your unique environment.
  • Available
    The best CV in the world is useless if the candidate is not ready to interview, move to your location, and start work within your desired time frame. An available candidate is not restricted by a “non-compete” agreement, has the legal right to work in your country, and is willing to relocate if required.
  • Interested
    With all of the time and energy invested in a search, when you finally do make an offer, you want it to be accepted. This should not be based on a wish and a hope. JSD Consulting takes the guesswork out of acceptance by fostering a candidate’s interest in the job, and making sure that the candidate’s interest remains high throughout all stages of the process. By the time you are ready to make the offer to a candidate we have recommended, you can rest assured that the candidate will be ready to accept it.

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Why can’t I do it myself?

You devote your time, talents, and resources to your business. We devote the same to ours, making us the leader in executive search.

  • Time
    JSD Consulting is not a high volume CV submission service. You won’t be reviewing a large stack of unqualified CVs that make you wonder if anyone took the time to understand your needs. Instead, our Consultants take the time to match the right candidates to the job.
  • Talent
    We fill our own internal positions with the same attention to detail as we do yours. Put simply, we hire the very best Account Executives in the world of executive search.
  • Resources
    In our years of executive search, we have faced and overcome nearly every imaginable obstacle to placing the best possible talent. With each position, we’ve developed resources to meet these challenges. JSD Consulting has the tools, technology and technique to solve your staffing problems. For more information on our staffing resources see our Client Services page.

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How can I be sure about the candidate’s qualifications?

You get the story behind the CV through our extensive candidate due diligence process.

  • 3rd Party Validation
    JSD Consulting completes a 360-degree check involving supervisors, peers and subordinates. We’ve learned that speaking with colleagues is the only way to fully understand a candidate’s management style and identify any potential issues. Our questions are designed to “peel back the onion” to get to the heart of the candidate's qualifications and assess the fit with your company’s culture.

    We ask our Clients to add to this process by contributing their own questions. The result for the Client is a fuller appreciation of a candidate’s strengths and a clearer understanding of their developmental challenges – before an offer is made.

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How can I be sure a candidate fits our corporate culture?

JSD Consulting matches candidates to your culture with a mix of art and science.

  • Art
    JSD Consulting takes culture into account from the beginning of the search to the end. At the beginning of the process you can expect a lot of questions about your corporate culture. JSD Consulting then questions candidates about their ideal working environments, and confirms their responses through a thorough validation process. At the end, you can expect to be presented with candidates who will be a good fit to your unique atmosphere.
  • Science
    JSD Consulting uses the DrakeP3 system to match the behavioural traits of the candidate to the core competencies of the position. The DrakeP3 system is an included service in all Retained Searches.

    The hiring authority at your company completes a short online questionnaire that identifies the core competencies of the position as demonstrated by your top performers. Candidates then complete an online profile, and the DrakeP3 process evaluates the candidate along five dimensions: extroversion, dominance, patience, conformity and conscientiousness. These traits are then matched to the required competencies of the position, resulting in a quantitative assessment of a candidate’s fit with the job.

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Do you have the experience to serve my industry?

At JSD Consulting, our expertise is recruitment, and we also devote considerable resources to developing the expertise to put our skills to work in your industry. Our Consultants join JSD Consulting after successful, relevant careers. Their direct experience in your field gives them a solid base of industry knowledge that enhances their ability to understand the unique challenges your company is facing. Learn more about our Consultants and their experience serving your industry by visiting our Industry Focus and Consultant pages.

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Do you have a track record of stability and success?

  • Yes
    JSD Consulting was established in 1997, and since then we’ve met and overcome countless staffing challenges on behalf of our Clients, not only in the in the UK but throughout Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East and Africa.

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What resources do you leverage that set you apart?

Since 1997, JSD Consulting has built an organisation with the resources necessary to solve the most challenging staffing needs. The resources that set us apart include:

  • Our process
    JSD Consulting Search is the most advanced and thorough recruiting process in the industry. What does that mean for you? It has fourteen steps that ensure that we don’t take any short cuts in identifying, qualifying and attracting the talent that will take your company to the next level.
  • Dedicated In House Research
    We’ve learned that up front planning is one of the keys to a successful and streamlined search, which is why every one of our projects starts with a research review.
  • Personality Profiling Tools
    JSD Consulting uses the DrakeP3 system to match the behavioural traits of the candidate to the core competencies of the position. The DrakeP3 system is an included service with our Retained Search Agreements. The hiring authority at your company completes a short online questionnaire that identifies the core competencies of the position. Candidates then complete an online profile, and the DrakeP3 process evaluates the candidate along five dimensions: extroversion, dominance, patience, conformity and conscientiousness. These traits are then matched to the required competencies of the position, resulting in a quantitative assessment of a candidate’s fit with the job.

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