What is an agency?

What is an agency?

There are several types of agencies, from temporary to permanent and contingency to retainer based searches. Steffan & Co., Inc. is a contingency direct hire permanent placement agency that also can provide permanent searches to clients on a retainer and contract basis.

No fees are charged to a candidate looking for a job. Fees are paid by our client companies over and above your salary. The Urban Legend that if you go through an agency, a client will reduce your salary or they will pick the candidate without a fee is simply not true. They pick the best candidate for the job which 93% of the time is through an agency. Why? Because you are better prepared, have more knowledge about the job and firm and have been provided valuable interview training by professionals.

How does an agency work?

How we at Steffan & Co., Inc. prefer to work is, to have you email us that you are interested in a specific position or in using our agency. We then ask you to email a copy of your resume for us to review and at the same time we will send you a link to our online application. Once we receive it, we will send you our online testing from Assessment Solutions and when the testing is completed and provided your skills match the position or a similar position we have, we will schedule in for a one on one interview.

For the interview, please bring a hard copy of your resume, a list of at least 3 supervisory references and any letters of recommendation you might have. You will interview with us for about 30 minutes where we will go over your resume, background and find out more about what you want in your next career move.

Now comes the tough part, we have placed candidates within 2 hours of meeting with us and as much as two years after meeting with us. It all depends on what we have open that fits your background and desires in a new position. We always keep you in our active database and will contact you when a position comes in. We understand how anxious one can become while waiting for a call so please feel free to email us about the status of your application. It is the easiest and quickest way to reach us.

What happens when an interview is scheduled with the client?

Once an interview is set we will plan a time for us to prep you for interviewing with a client. We will provide you with the address and names of who you will meet and ways of researching the firm so that you will have the most information before you walk in. We will give over interview questions and role playing if necessary to make you the most marketable candidate for that position.

Who handles an offer?

When a client is ready to make an offer they will make it through us so that we can negotiate the best salary and employment package for you as well and handle any vacation dates for pre-scheduled appointments in your first 90 days of employment. Once the offer is confirmed we present it to you for your review and acceptance.

We check all your references, handle background checks and anything else a client may need to make you the best offer possible.