Understanding the motivations and path of job candidates is critical to helping you choose the right person for your open position. But while examining a candidate’s online presence and reputation is important, you can get a deeper understanding by examining their work history. Fortunately, competitive intelligence tools such as Leopard List and Leopard Firmscape deliver accurate and up-to-date information that you can easily search, sort, filter, and download into an excel spread sheet. Gather information about a job candidate’s employment history, alma mater, practice areas, specialties, and more.
Recently McDermott Will & Emery hired Matthew Sperry and Matthew McKim as partners in their Direct Investing practice group. And it’s certain that the hiring manager and recruiter who sourced these two candidates conducted exhaustive research before they made their choice. A competitive intelligence tool such as Leopard List can show hiring managers and legal recruiters a lot of pertinent information about both of these accomplished attorneys. For example, a ‘last name’ search for Sperry shows that he has a Tax LLM and that he has experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, an excellent choice for McDermott Will & Emery. Also, Leopard List gives an overview of the attorney’s recent work history, giving the recruiter or hiring manager some insight into where he has worked, in what capacity, and for how long. Below is a screenshot of Sperry’s work history as provided by Leopard List.
Legal recruiters can also search for keywords that fit the description of their job orders. For example, in the case of the McDermott Will & Emery position with their Direct Investing practice group, the hiring manager probably wanted someone with both international law experience as well as business experience. In that case searching for “cross-border” using Leopard List’s keyword search would deliver hundreds of results. You can further limit your search by filtering practice area, specialty, location, JD year, and more. You can dig even deeper into the culture and status of the candidate’s former or current law firm by examining the competitive intelligence data delivered by Leopard Firmscape, you can find out how large the firm is, where their offices are located, how many attorneys and partners work in each office and how large each of their practice areas are. Below is just one of the graphs that you can see in Firmscape. In this case it’s a chart for DLA Piper’s practice groups.
Using this type of competitive intelligence data, you can begin to get a glimpse into how well a particular candidate may fit into a position and the law firm as a whole. You can also use the data found in Leopard Firmscape and Leopard List to find similarly situated attorneys who may be a good fit for the job opportunity. Using competitive intelligence data to find and vet your job candidates can make recruiting for new jobs less of a hassle and more precise.
Since Leopard Solutions always uses the most accurate data available and organizes it in an easy to use way, you can save yourself from wasting time dealing with bad-match job candidates and spend more time connecting with those candidates likely to deliver the experience and expertise you want.