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Due Diligence in Executive Search - Background and Reference Checking

This Online Course will explain what reference and background checking involve and why these checks are critical to your search. You will be prepared to decide with your client the appropriate level of diligence on a particular search and you will learn how to prepare for and take references that will validate what you know and give you a more complete picture of your candidate.

What subjects are covered?

  • Understand the difference between background and reference checking and why these checks are critical to the search process performed
  • Create a clear understanding with your client about who will be responsible for which checks and how they will be performed
  • Obtain candidate waivers and comply with current legislation
  • Prepare for and take thorough reference checks
  • Know what questions you can and can't ask legally
  • Deal with the reluctant reference

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Our Expert Trainer

Peter M. Felix is President of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. During his career in executive search, Mr. Felix specialized in cross-border searches in a range of functions and industries. He served as a partner in search firms based in London (Whitehead Mann), New York (Hanover Partners), and Hong Kong (TASA). Immediately prior to joining the AESC, he was Founder and President of Felix International, an executive search firm based in Hong Kong. Mr. Felix also played a major role in the creation of the British-American Business Council and the European-American Chamber of Commerce. He spent much of his early career in Europe, serving as Vice President of Human Resources for the Bendix Corporation’s European operations in Paris, and as Manager of Marketing Practices for IBM in the United Kingdom. Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Mr. Felix received his BA in Social Studies and Law from Exeter University and MBA from INSEAD.


AESC members - $150
Non-AESC members - $200

This Course can also be taken as part of the AESC Certified Researcher/Associate (CRA) program. For more information click here.

How to register

  1. Register online for this course using the 'Register Now' button below.
  2. Log onto Campus using the email address and the password you provided at registration.
  3. You will be able to view the courses that you have signed up for in 'My Schedule'.
  4. Download the manual for the course and click on 'Start/Resume' to start the online course.
  5. You will have 15 days from the time you register to complete the course.

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact us.

Email: campus@aesc.org
Tel: (+1) 212-398-9556 Ext. 238

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