BlackX Search Methodology

Solving complex people challenges for progressive organisations

The technology recruitment landscape is very candidate driven, where successful people need compelling reasons to take on a new opportunity. To achieve a competitive advantage you need to engage with a partner that truly understands the market and your organisation’s growth plans.

We believe that BlackCode is distinctive in its approach to providing technology recruitment services to leading businesses because we successfully combine these core factors:

  • A united goal and vision
  • Continued personal relationships
  • Systematic and reliable approach
  • Collaboration
  • Advice that is honest and appropriate

All solutions are underpinned by our search assessment methodology: BlackX

Our commitment does not end when we place a candidate. Success is not simply the placement but the long-term business benefits great technologists and partnership can bring.

BlackX Search Methodology

Ensure we have the full company insight

  • Your story, company background, achievements and successes
  • Future plans
  • Selling points of the company
  • Background of existing employees/hires
  • Competitors
  • Factors that have retained successful employees

Ensure we fully understand the job specification and context

  • Location: base, travel required
  • Company culture, team culture
  • Level of stakeholder engagement: who & where
  • Technical skills and experience
  • Certifications, educational background
  • Targets & objectives
  • Compensation & package

Companies potential hires could come from

  • Similar companies, competitors and/or key skills & capabilities
  • Market mapping: listing target companies

Candidate briefing pack

  • Company insight
  • Job specification
  • Company benefits
  • News articles
  • Awards pack

In-depth understanding of the company’s hiring process

  • Timescales
  • Individuals involved in hiring process
  • Delivery dates (for specific programmes)
  • Interview stages and structure
  • Case studies, presentations, tests carried out

Use every channel to resource relevant candidates

  • Headhunt (non-active & passive)
  • Leverage network: existing relationships & referrals
  • Our CRM database, job adverts & external CV databases

Long-list candidates

  • Formally interview candidates in accordance to job in detail (normally 30-45 minutes each)
  • Video call and meet candidates preferably and where possible

Assess long-list candidates to form short-list

  • Suitability for the position (for both client and candidate)
  • Suitability to the company & team culture (for both client and candidate)

Deliver short-list candidates

  • Full resume of each candidate short-listed
  • Cover sheet with detailed notes of suitability, package details and notice periods
  • Progress report detailing market information specific to search including numbers

Interviews & selection

  • Discuss client interview feedback on candidates
  • Deliver client & candidate’s interview feedback
  • Create short-list for next stage interviews if applicable
  • Repeat process depending on stages required
  • Select candidate

Offer process

  • Discuss with client offer details, package & benefits
  • Ensure we are making the best offer to the candidate


  • Advise candidate through resignation process and counter-offer
  • Confirm start date
  • Take references
  • Keep in touch and manage candidate through to start date


  • Regular contact with client and candidate to manage expectations
  • Assisting with any onboarding and checks needed

Our united values & endeavour drive us to deliver the best outcome in the most meaningful way.