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How Best-Fit Search Works

It is critical to conduct a comprehensive, systematic whole-market search to find the best selection of talent available for a role.


However, independent research* shows that 46% of new hires fail within 18 months. More than 80% of those failures relate to coachability, emotional intelligence, motivation, and temperament – all factors aligned to ‘Fit’. Only 11% of new hire fails are due to technical competence.

Experience and capabilities are critical, but the ‘Lack of Fit’ between the candidate’s behaviours and personal style, and the organisational culture influences long-term success.

Best-fit Search process in executive asset management

The Search Paradox

Despite the importance of getting ‘Fit’ right when making a hire, most search companies spend the majority of their time assessing skills capability and experience, but little time assessing ‘Fit’. We call this The Search Paradox.

Best-Fit Search Process


Our successful track record over the last 20 years is a result of our focus on finding not only the most technically capable candidate but also someone who fits the client's culture. We have designed a proprietary Best-Fit Search process which gives you the best possible opportunity to hire the best-suited candidate for your role and organisation.

Our Godliman placement records show that 84% of all candidates placed in the last 20 years have remained for more than two years.

Getting a hire right isn’t easy, but you have always brought us candidates with great personalities that add a dynamism to our team. As well as slotting into the firm with ease, many have gone on to play significant roles in developing our business.

Head of HR, Top 10 UK Pension Fund

 *Leadership IQ 2015: 5247 Hiring Managers; 20,000 employee


Press Digest

The Godliman Press Digest summarises key stories from the Asset Management press, detailing job moves, internal appointments and people related company news. It is published each week and distributed by email to over 5000 subscribers within the asset management sector.


This area is intended as a centralised resource, where we can collect advice for fund management companies on how to make their hiring processes more effective; and advice for job seekers with tips on how to manage their job hunting process and careers.

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