Mike Thomas on taking the pain out of recruitment

.net: What inspired you to build OnSite?
Mike Thomas: Paul spent a number of years working as Creative Director at a digital agency, and was responsible for managing a fairly high turnover of freelance designers and developers. The idea was formed out of the frustration of finding quality talent via recruitment consultants. Although there are some good, honest, hardworking recruiters out there, many would provide poor quality candidates, or worse, misrepresent them entirely and then charge a large fee for the privilege. Of course there are alternative services out there, but those in themselves presented their own problems. Finding that AS3 developer in a list of 100,000 with just one search box just seemed frustrating to us. We knew we could do better.

.net: How does it work?
MT: It’s a fairly simple process. Agencies can post jobs. Jobs on OnSite are little different from your average job board - ­ they’re more of a “saved­search” that will immediately present you with a list of freelancers who match your criteria; skills, availability and location. Freelancers who meet a baseline of that criteria are notified, and can express their interest via the system. Agencies are then free to make direct contact with whoever they please. At that point, we get out of the way. There are no contracts to sign or any further interference from us.

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