Executive search firms are organizations that offer the service of investigating potential executive-level employees. When hired, these firms research executives currently working for related businesses that meet the client’s needs. Different organizations frequently use executive search firms when they are considering hiring a new executive and would like to research many options. In some cases, the search firm may also serve as an intermediary and inquire if the chosen executive would be interested in changing companies, as well as hold negotiations, screenings, and establishing contracts. In addition to hiring executive search firms, it is possible to work with a single stand-alone consultant.