Cathara Consulting was asked by the Chief Information Officer of a well-recognised University to take over the recruitment process from a recruitment company that had folded.


We were tasked with sourcing a senior management level person to be responsible for managing Business Systems. A shortlist of preferred candidates had been already provided by the previous recruitment company and we were requested use this as a foundation.
We took on the work on the condition that Cathara Consulting would have the opportunity to rescreen existing candidates and present alternative candidates if required. Our reputation is very important to us and we were determined that the outcome of this engagement met the high standards our clients have come to expect of us.


Each candidate on the shortlist undertook our thorough screening process including face to face interviews, background checks, off the record reference checks and psychometric profiling. Two out of the three shortlisted candidates were deemed unsuitable, with one of those two candidates being flagged as highly unsuitable by our process.

In order to provide our client with choice, Cathara Consulting used a variety of tools to build a larger pool of candidates. In addition to traditional tools to attract candidates, we reached out to our broad network of contacts and candidates and requested recommendations. We utilised social media, including LinkedIn, to broaden the pool of candidates and to assist with screening. Finally, we added to our list of candidates by reviewing available CVs in the Cathara Consulting Candidate Management database.

We undertook both Executive Search activities and advertised the role on the internal university intranet in accordance with their process and our networks.


A number of candidates were screened, and as an outcome, three new and very strong candidates were presented for interview. The successful candidate has been highly successful in the role, and to date has held the position for 2+ years.

We continue to maintain a productive relationship with both the client and the employee.


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