Search FAQ's


What industries / job functions do you recruit for?

Our team has recruiting experience in almost every major industry. While our primary focus is Commercial Interiors we will consider all inquiries. We are comfortable recruiting management, sales, executive and technical positions at all levels. We also recruit heavily in Packaging and Financial fields.

Our clients are some of the most discriminating and demanding companies in the world, and the repeat business they provide is a testament to the quality of our service and talent delivered. We have successfully completed search projects with many of the top names in the industry.

26% of our past placements were minorities and 46% were women over the past 3 years… these are well above national averages.

You are not obligated to work with us exclusively. You may wish to continue your efforts of identifying candidates on your own. Those that you do identify on your own can be excluded from the search agreement. We do recommend that you choose one search firm to work with. There are many reasons for this, but the most important is that it will eliminate any duplication of recruiting effort and hesitancy on the part of candidates in the marketplace. Engaging more than one search firm becomes self-defeating. Once a search firm contacts an individual who has already been contacted by another firm, that search firm loses focus and interest. It then becomes a race to deliver candidates to the client first and thorough recruiting techniques are abandoned. Also, candidates who are contacted by two or three search firms tend to question the company's approach to filling the position. The promotional impact of the message being delivered is lessened, and they do not know which search firm will best serve them.

The basic difference is when you pay. The retainer option is used primarily when a position must be filled within a specific period of time or the hiring criteria will result in a very small pool of potential candidates. Retained search provides an extended guarantee and each candidate is presented to you on an exclusive basis. Payment is typically due in advance. A Contingency search may be suggested when The McSweeney Group and the client have agreed on terms and conditions ahead of time and payment is due upon the candidate’s start date. The majority of the fee is due only upon the hire of one of our candidates.

Usually, within two weeks. After a thorough review of the candidates that we already know about, we begin the process of developing new candidates - cold call recruiting. We source from your competitors, similar companies and associations. We contact those more passive candidates that may not be actively looking to make a change. In many cases, they are the best candidates. They are not forced to make a change and are the ones focused on doing a good job for their current employer. No matter what the source all our candidates are thoroughly screened over multiple conversations. Qualified and interested candidates are then presented for the clients to review.

Our fees are typically a percentage of the first year's total compensation. For more information, contact us regarding the specific position you are looking to fill.