Process

I want to see how this works. Can I start with one or two positions?

No problem. Many of our ongoing client relationships began with one or two positions.

How long will it take to fill each open position?

This depends on a number of factors including the size of the labor market that meets your requirements, the position level (i.e., individual contributor, VP) and market competition for the skills you require.

What if we identify more than one candidate we want to hire during a search for one position?

By all means, hire that candidate! There is no additional charge. You only pay for the amount of time spent working on the search for one position.

How will you keep me updated?

Pipeline reports, emails or weekly calls. We will determine a communication strategy that works for you.

Can you help with writing job descriptions and job pricing?

Absolutely. In fact, it’s rare that we don’t offer guidance or assistance with these items.

Isn’t your model Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)?

Sort of. We call it an RPO-like model.  We like to think of it as a more flexible and affordable RPO. The difference is we don’t provide an on-premise recruiter and have no minimum commitment. We’ll work on as few as one position.

What if I want to stop the search?

You can stop at anytime without notice. You are only billed for the time Switch spends on the search.

 
 

Pricing

How accurate is the cost estimate in your proposal?

Our estimate is based on prior experience searching for similar positions. We do everything we can to keep the total cost as close to the estimate as possible. We typically find our estimate to have a variance of +/- 15%, at most.

How do you bill for your services?

Every Switch team member (Talent Partner) has a hourly bill rate for their time base on his/her experience. The bill rate also accounts for our significant investment in sourcing and recruiting tools. Our billing cycle is semi-monthly resulting in invoices on or about the 1st and 16th of every month during the engagement.

What can I expect to pay by the time we make a hire?

As a rule of thumb, you can expect the total billable amount upon hire will be approximately 7% of the candidate’s base salary.

Why an hourly billable model and not contingency search (i.e., pay for placement)?

We’ve found that Tech Startups and SMBs have unique needs when compared to established businesses. They are more cost conscious and require additional flexibility to change position requirements to adapt to business demands.  Since contingency search is based on 100% commission, the model doesn’t adapt well to changing position requirements.  

Simply put, if you don’t hire a contingency agency’s first set of candidates, they may move on to work with other clients who will. The Switch Recruiting as a Service model (RaaS) avoids this issue. We will work with you to ensure your requirements and compensation are available and competitive in the labor market.  Also, we will continue to work on the search until the position is filled.