You may have wondered, "What's the role of headhunters in recruitment?" Well, headhunters have a great role to play in helping clients to build their workforce with high-performance teams that accelerate business results. They find candidates who match the qualifications specified by their clients (hiring firms). There are executive headhunters who do a focused executive search in specific industries and specific professions. They are paid by clients on a contingency or a retained basis. One of the differences between in-house recruiters and headhunters is that, in-house recruiters are usually hired as part of a firm’s human resources (HR) department, and are involved in the entire recruitment process, working alongside both the firm and the candidate. Headhunters usually work within a recruiting agency and may work for multiple firms at the same time. They aren't involved in the recruitment process beyond locating the right candidate(s). However, that was in the past. In present time, headhunters do work as an extension of the clients’ HR department.