When searching for candidates for top-level roles at an institution, writes Herman Berliner, there are several steps the search team can take to avoid missteps and find the best candidate. Berliner recommends developing an honest job description, carefully selecting a search firm, and prioritizing search committee diversity. The author notes that taking deliberate steps to protect confidentiality is particularly important, as breaching confidentiality could lead to serious ramifications for applicants. Berliner recommends that the search committee discuss the terms of the appointment before formally offering the position, and ensure that all negotiations occur in a timely fashion. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.