DiscoverThe Executive Connect PodcastBehind the Scenes: Insights Into Executive Hiring Trends
Behind the Scenes: Insights Into Executive Hiring Trends

Behind the Scenes: Insights Into Executive Hiring Trends

Update: 2024-04-06


In this episode of the Executive Connect Podcast, host Melissa Aarskaug welcomed Laurie Canepa, a seasoned expert in executive recruitment, to discuss the evolving trends and challenges impacting the recruitment of executives in today's dynamic job market. Laurie shared valuable insights into market trends, the importance of flexibility, and the significance of cultural fit and preparation in the recruitment process.


Key Points Covered:


00:00 Introductions and overview


02:20 - Market Trends Impacting Executive Recruitment 

·         The increasing importance of flexibility in today's job market, highlighting shifts towards remote, hybrid, and on-site work models.

·         The evolution of remote roles and the trade-offs candidates must consider between leadership positions and remote work.


09:29 - Navigating Economic Uncertainty and Compensation Negotiations 

·         Insights into compensation negotiations, stressing the importance of transparency and understanding the full compensation package.

·         How can candidates effectively negotiate compensation while maintaining focus on cultural fit and long-term career goals.


16:29 - Preparing for Successful Interviews and Building Personal Branding 

·         Valuable tips for candidates on preparing for interviews, including thorough research, effective communication, and authenticity.

·         Highlighting the significance of personal branding, emphasizing the role of platforms like LinkedIn in showcasing professional identity and engagement.


30:33 - Tips for Different Interview Formats 

·         Practical advice for navigating different interview formats, from phone interviews to virtual and onsite meetings.

·         Discussing the importance of preparation and practice to overcome challenges and make a positive impression during interviews.


From understanding market trends to mastering interview preparation, today’s episode offers actionable strategies for achieving success in executive job hunting.



Guest Bio:

Laurie Canepa began her career in Finance and Accounting in 1997, and transitioned into recruiting in Texas in 2006, earning notable accomplishments throughout her career. Her 17+ years of expertise within the Texas market and her network of top Finance and Accounting talent are key attributes Laurie brings to the Managing Director of Finance and Accounting Search role at StevenDouglas. 


Laurie is known by clients and candidates alike for her dedication to excellence in the recruiting process, and her unique ability to connect with the people she works and supports. These qualities have made her a “Recruiting Professional of Choice” in the Texas market.


Laurie excels at placing positions from mid and senior-level F&A professionals to C-Suite roles in organizations ranging from non-profits to global, publicly-traded corporations. Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Laurie spent over 15 years as a Partner and Division Director for one of the top boutique Accounting and Finance Search firms in Texas. As the top producer there, she played a critical role in bringing the firm to its pinnacle, creating major growth opportunities and an array of successful placements. The first 10 years of Laurie’s career were spent gaining hands-on experience in the world of public accounting, as well as executing industry accounting as a Corporate Controller.


About Melissa Aarskaug:

I’m an energetic executive with 15+ years of experience steering companies to new heights of growth and scale. An engineer at heart (I started my career as an engineering manager on one of the world’s largest concrete bridges), I’ve become a trusted leader and business builder in the technology and cybersecurity space. 

Personal LinkedIn -

Podcast LinkedIn -

Website -









Sleep Timer


End of Episode

5 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

Behind the Scenes: Insights Into Executive Hiring Trends

Behind the Scenes: Insights Into Executive Hiring Trends

Melissa Aarskaug