Search firms often do a very good job at finding candidates who are interested in your opening. But search firm staff often rely on their own instincts to decide who would be the best match for the job. There’s no extra step there to confirm that their instincts are correct, except whether or not the person stays in the job for a certain period of time. What I do differently is a formal personality assessment of the candidate to make sure that they possess the personality factors needed to do the job you want them to do. I use well-researched and widely used job related personality tools that go one giant step beyond what search firms do. I want you to be confident that there’s more than just personal opinion supporting the recommendation of a candidate. For that reason, many companies hire me to help them sort through the resumes and candidates they are getting from search firms. And often I work right along with the search firm to help identify top candidates for your open position.