What was the scope of their involvement?
They really understood the profiles, they asked the right questions, and they researched candidates to match our job descriptions. It worked really nicely. We recruited across a couple of phases, starting with two engineers, adding another two, then adding a technician and someone to deal with the administration.
All the interviews were for fulltime roles. KIAT screened all candidates before sending them to us. We got candidate résumés, ran phone interviews, and then traveled to Minsk. We quickly found the first people we wanted to hire.
What is the team composition?
We had one representative who worked directly with me on everything. When he had professional questions that needed more technical answers, we involved the relevant people from our company. The communication went very well. I had a single point of contact for the whole process, from beginning to end.
How did you come to work with KIAT?
I was looking online for agencies to support this, specifically ones that could work with us in English. Many of the recruitment agencies in Belarus are not English-speaking, which was a big problem. KIAT was the first company that got back to my email, and I found that they could really support us. I realized that I could work with them from the very first conversation. We agreed on working terms, and it worked really quickly from that moment.
How much have you invested with them?
We pay them a fee for each hire, and we don’t have a retainer. I can’t provide an exact figure.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with KIAT around February 2019. The first engineers they hired started in July of that year. We don’t have any openings in Belarus at the moment, but I’m in touch with KIAT, and I’ll definitely contact them again when we have a position.