How We Work


We begin by developing strong business relationships with our clients, partnering with you in the ways that will provide the most value.


Our search capabilities include:

  • Contingency
  • Retained
  • Contract
  • Contract to Hire
Smith Arnold’s true Competitive Advantage lies in our process:

The Search

  • Smith Arnold Partners’ prime recruiting directive is to identify the best people in the industry, whether they are actively looking for a career change or not. Many candidates, when presented with an excellent opportunity, will consider a move.
  • We find the most effective recruitment methods are networking, referrals and cold calls. Most of our candidates are not responsive to job boards or traditional advertising.
  • Unlike most recruiting firms, Smith Arnold Partners continues to rely on one-to-one, in-depth interviewing.

The Candidates

  • All candidates are thoroughly screened, interviewed in person whenever possible, and required to provide business references before they are introduced to a client.
  • Each candidate is briefed on the position, department, company and specific job requirements prior to the interview.
  • Candidates are also fully briefed on the recruiter’s decision regarding their fit to the position.
  • When a fit is identified, a full presentation is provided, per specific client and departmental requirements, often including a detailed candidate profile with references.
  • All candidates are advised on how to prepare for the interview. We require a commitment to accuracy, honesty and a focus on how their accomplishments and expertise make them best suited to the position.
  • Candidates are fully de-briefed post-interview, with detailed feedback provided to the client.
  • All candidates are guided through the offer/negotiation stage by the lead recruiter, with goal of advocating a market-oriented successful offer.

Client Specific Database Management

  • Smith Arnold Partners maintains an up-to-date database with more than 90,000 individual candidate records.
  • State-of-the-art record-tracking and data management software is used, along with hands-on management by our administrative and IT staffs.
  • Each practice area at Smith Arnold Partners maintains a sub-database for its specialty.
  • Our “Profile Presentation” goes beyond the industry standards and is a large part of our success.


What People Are Saying


“Smith Arnold Partners is the best I’ve ever worked with and I’ve referred many peers to them.”

President Insurance Company - Southern CT

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