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How do you recruit executive level positions?

Recruiting the right leaders is often a challenging task for mining companies. These high-level roles can significantly impact a company’s success, so finding a good-fit candidate is central to success. To recruit these leadership roles effectively, you need a comprehensive and strategic approach.

We’ve been in mining recruitment for more than 20 years, and in that time we’ve learned a few things. Here’s our step-by-step guide for internal HR teams on how to do it:

Step 1: Define the role clearly

The first step in recruiting for mining executive-level search is to define the role clearly. This means you need to create a detailed job description that outlines the responsibilities, qualifications, and expectations for the role. Be specific about the skills, experience, and competencies you need.

Step 2: Identify key stakeholders

Next, you need to determine who will be involved in the recruitment process. This typically includes senior executives, HR professionals, and sometimes external executive search firms. Establish clear lines of communication and roles for each stakeholder.

Step 3: Define your recruitment strategy

Create a recruitment strategy that outlines the sourcing channels, timeline, and budget for the search. Consider whether you’ll conduct an internal promotion, use an executive search firm, or leverage other methods. If you need the help of an agency, use our guide to choosing an executive recruiter here.

Step 4: Consider using an executive search agency

Executive search firms, also known as headhunters, specialise in finding top-tier executive talent. They have extensive networks and can help identify and attract candidates who may not be actively seeking new opportunities. Engaging an executive search firm, like Globe 24-7, can be particularly beneficial for hard-to-fill or highly specialised roles and to ease the stress of executive search.

Step 5: Assessment tests

Consider using assessment tests or case studies to evaluate candidates’ problem-solving abilities and industry knowledge. Also, conduct thorough reference checks to verify their professional background and accomplishments.

Step 6: Offer and negotiation

Once you’ve interviewed and identified the ideal candidate, extend a formal offer. Be prepared for negotiation, especially for executive-level positions where compensation packages can be complex. Work with HR to ensure the offer is competitive and attractive.


Recruiting executive-level positions is a multifaceted process that requires careful planning, collaboration, and a deep understanding of the organisation’s goals and culture.

Whether you use internal resources, executive search firms, or a combination of both, the key is to identify candidates who not only have the required skills and experience but also align with the company’s vision and values.

This strategic approach will help ensure the success of your executive hires and, by extension, the success of your company.


Are you wanting to get a job in mining? Read how to get noticed by executive recruiters here.

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