Our interview 

Our distinctive interview process consists of values based interviews and technical assessments.

It's designed to surface A-players amongst a list of qualified applicants.

Read more about our approach on our blog

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Build the search strategy

Using an outcome-based approach, we define what a successful candidate looks like, where they may come from, and what kind of materials would encourage them to apply.

Together, we build the interview approach and decide who does what.

This is why we have an 89% candidate acceptance rate vs 66% for the market


We reach out to candidates with custom messaging

Candidates are overloaded with template messages that don't show any reason why they have been specifically contacted.

  • 90% of our hires have come from personalised outreach as opposed to job board applications
  • We get three times more positive responses than average agency recruiters (22% vs 6%)
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We conduct thorough first round interviews.

Our initial interview process is designed specifically to discover A-players for growth companies.

It consists of a values-based assessment, a deep dive into the candidate's achievements and then a technical screener that is specific to the role that they are applying to.

Our entire process can be read about here

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Technical assessments

We don't just take the resume for granted, we test the candidates on real-world skills.

For example, we use our network of CTOs to conduct technical interviews, we run case study exercises for salespeople, and whiteboarding exercises for UI designers.



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We take references early

We believe that references are as important as interviews.

We conduct reference calls early in the process.

Read more about our approach to reference calls here

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We present the candidates

Each candidate goes through an executive search level of diligence before being presented to you.

That way, you save a huge amount of time, interviewing only the very best.

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We make everything else easy

We look after the candidates throughout the entire process, making sure their experience is at an exceptional level, regardless of whether or not they get the job.

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Product, Tech & Data

Whether you need a new head of product or a new agile squad, we can build out your team in weeks.

Our in-depth hiring process involves values-based interviewing and then technical assessments using external CTOs followed by references.

This practice is headed by our founder Jordan Shlosberg


Sales and marketing

Your go-to-market motion is as important as the product you offer.

Our specialists here understand the deep interviewing techniques to draw out the best professionals and include technical interviews as well as case studies.

This practice is headed by our founder Ben Kuhn.


Central functions

Your company cannot scale without a talented group of central functions who look after the rest of your company.

We specialise in finance professionals in scale-ups but are adept at people functions given both founders have hired 500 people at their previous companies.


With our launch title deep in development, we were in desperate need of an experienced Creative Director. Berg Search conducted an exhaustive search and found us the perfect fit in a very short space of time.

They're honest, collaborative and driven to support us in achieving out outcomes.

Work with them.

Lorenzo Spreafico Client

Co-Founder @ Quell

Our values

Values are central to our service. We guard our values religiously because they form the basis of what we do.

icons (4) Urgency - every second matters.

The impact of not having that person is not being able to execute to perfection. We will operate as though you expected that person yesterday, we refer to this internally as BERGspeed.

icons (5) Honesty - We believe in confronting brutal facts

If there is anything bocking you from getting that great hire, we will be up front and honest, even if the truth sometimes hurts.

icons (6) Responsiveness - We communicate pro-actively and clearly

We earn our fees by making your search for greatness feel effortless. We will keep you updated proactively and be there on an ad-hoc basis whenever you need us.

icons (7) Vision-driven companies only - we will only source exceptional people

We work only with vision-driven companies, where a new hire isn’t just a number but one more piece of the puzzle.

Frequently asked questions

How much does your service cost?

For short-term startup hiring projects, we charge a flat rate of 12% of each hire's first-year salary. This could be lower if the project is larger.

What functions do you specialise in?

Berg Search has startup recruitment professionals with experience across functions.

We split our hiring teams into three practices

  • Product, Tech, and Data
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Central Functions

Your hiring team will therefore depend on the types of people that you hire

Why is Berg better than a traditional recruitment agency?

Berg Search believes in long-term relationships, great service, and fair pricing.

  • Berg Search is as much as 50% cheaper than traditional afencies and in some cases cheaper than a 100% internal talent function as well
  • Recruitment partners represent your brand to candidates. Some recruitment agencies are opaque about how they interact with candidates which could risk your employer brand.  We record every single interview and make it available to you. This leads to ultimate transparency
  • We focus specifically on growth companies because the mindset required to be successful in startups is fundamentally different. Most traditional agencies are used to traditional companies because there is a lot more of them!
  • Berg Search shares all our processes because our goal isn't to profit maximise, it's to help you become great.

What types of companies work with Berg Search?

Berg Search works almost exclusively with growth companies. This is because the types of people who succeed in growth companies are very different from those who succeed in enterprise companies.

We believe in specialising our interview and assessment approach to those specific candidates.

Let's connect

If you have any questions, please feel free to schedule some time with us