Executive & Professional Talent Search

Established in 1972, Messina Group is one of the largest Chicago based executive and professional contingent search firms. Messina Group is a unique Search firm that delivers executive and professional level search services on a contingent basis.

Whether your professional needs revolve around a new product launch, organizational change or a strategic shift, our unparalleled research capabilities, customized service, and focused agility will put the right talent in place to drive your business forward. Our search consultants are experts in their respective practices and bring an innovative approach to each client’s search.

We give you retainer search quality at contingency level pricing. Our goal is to be 100% aligned with your talent initiatives — and we’ll reduce your hiring costs while we’re at it.


Our Search Process

The road to a successful search begins with a well-planned search initiation.

Our Search process has evolved over many years and is now a fine-tuned proven approach that delivers quality Search results.  We are process and Analytics driven.  We constantly measure our key Search metrics to ensure we are reaching key milestones.  

Search Initiation

  • Assess client organization and job position
  • Meet with key client constituents
  • Confirm core competencies for the role
  • Develop search plan
  • Execute research
  • Establish and measure weekly search KPI’s and metrics

Identify & Develop Candidates

  • Initiate candidate outreach and qualification assessment
  • Situational and competency-based interviews
  • Develop and prioritize top candidates
  • Review Search KPI’s with client and analyze results

Qualify Candidates

  • Continuous candidate recruiting
  • Situational and competency-based interviews
  • Conduct detailed check of references around critical competencies
  • Review Search KPI’s with client and analyze results

Candidate Selections

  • Establish candidate meeting
  • Debrief competency evaluation and leap assessment results with client
  • Review feedback to determine finalists
  • Conduct in-depth referencing around critical competencies and background checks
  • Offer negotiations and candidate counseling

Our Success Stories