CHOOSING THE RIGHT SEARCH FIRM FOR YOUR HIRING NEEDS

When deciding which search firm is right for your company’s hiring needs, it’s best to start with what you know. Do you have an existing relationship with a firm that knows your company’s hiring practices and expectations? If not, ask around to those you know and trust for referrals.

Perkins Professional Search (PPS) has years of experience conducting searches for numerous firms throughout Western Canada. We are an industry leader in search and recruitment that can help build your team. We possess the knowledge, experience and network to meet your needs. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have built and we can help find the perfect candidate match for you. We look forward to working with you.

 


CONSIDER THESE QUESTIONS AS YOU CONDUCT YOUR SEARCH:

How urgent is the hiring need?

Will it adversely affect the company if this particular role remains open for too long?

  1. Are you seeking local candidates or do you require a national search?
  2. How involved should the search consultant be with the hiring process?
  3. How visible do you want your company to become with this search?
  4. What advertising budget are you working with?
  5. What budget have you allotted for the search, and how do you plan to pay for it?



CONTINGENCY SEARCH
Service charges can range from 20-35% and are only paid upon successful hire.

RETAINED SEARCH
Service charges can range from 25-35% and require payment prior to an actual hire. (1/3 at the outset, a second 1/3 at the beginning of the interview process and the final 1/3 at the offer stage.)


CONTACTING POTENTIAL SEARCH FIRMS

Once you have decided the essential components you require in a search firm, it is time to begin contacting potential firms. Consider the following questions as a guideline when doing so:

  1. Do they work on Contingency or Retained searches? What is their service charge.
  2. Do they have specific expertise in that industry?
  3. How many searches have they conducted in this industry?
  4. What affiliations, conferences or industry-related events do they attend?
  5. How many searches do they perform in a year? Nationally or locally?
  6. How long does a typical search take to complete?
  7. Ask them to guide you through their search process.
  8. How will candidates be presented to your firm?
  9. What is the interview methodology they conduct with potential candidates?
  10. What additional value can they bring to your firm besides the search process?