Smarter recruiting starts here


 Companies doing great work need great people. And finding them is challenging, time-consuming and difficult to outsource. We understand our clients' needs.  They trust us to handle the entire search process, so they can focus on their business.


Our six-step approach


Clarify the Vision

In order to find the right candidates, we need to have a full understanding of your business and its needs. This includes your vision, company culture and capabilities as well as the performance objectives for the position you are seeking to fill. This step results in a scorecard that will be used (and revised) throughout the rest of the recruiting process to avoid being unduly influenced by “good interviewers” and ensure that the best possible candidates are being selected.



We hit the ground running. Our first step is to establish a comprehensive strategy, tapping our network of over 70,000 industry contacts and leveraging our team of 20 highly trained researchers (most of whom hold engineering degrees). Our team executes a proprietary, software-enabled research process to quickly build a prolific list of highly qualified leads.

After one week, we circle back to present our initial target list, to further refine our understanding of your preferences.


Recruit and Assess

Armed with insights from Step 1, we follow best practices to engage and assess the best candidates available. We focus on cultural fit, skills and background evaluation, and performance-based interviewing. Typical interview steps include a 60-minute checklist-style interview followed by a one- or two-hour in-person or video call focused on gauging the candidate’s complete career, accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses and character.



As we identify best-fit candidates, we provide our clients with a balanced, high-level summary of each.  Clients decide which candidates they want to meet, and we help coordinate the details.  



We provide market-based guidance during the negotiation period to ensure the right candidate gets hired at the right compensation level.



The Berkner Group strives to create long-lasting, successful work relationships that help mission-driven companies achieve their objectives. Because of this, we regularly follow up to ensure that our referrals are thriving in their new roles. To date, we are proud that our clients have deemed 98% of our referred candidates to be successful in their new roles.

Chris not only understands the required technical skills of the engineers, but he truly helps in team building. He put a lot of effort into finding the right engineers for us, and he did a fabulous job, in a very short time. I strongly recommend Chris.”
— Nikola Milivojevic, VP Engineering, Bright Energy Storage Technologies
I don’t normally use a recruiter, but when I do, it’s Chris Berkner. Throughout the whole placement process Chris always had my back and developed a long term relationship with me. I would recommend him to any of my friends.
— Aurelius Prochazka, Founder, AudioKit

Our Guiding Principles

Integrity and Trust

Trust and transparency form the foundation of our working relationships with our clients – both our hiring companies and our candidates.  We believe in building relationships that last. We recognize that our clients' success depends upon employing the right people with deep enthusiasm for our clients' mission-driven values.



We support businesses that are poised to significantly contribute to creating a healthier and more sustainable world. We help employers find the most capable, well-suited candidates to help realize your mission. We help candidates find career opportunities where they can make a difference. 


Emotional Intelligence

We work with both hiring managers and candidates that exhibit a high level of emotional and interpersonal intelligence. (Because life is too short for dysfunctional relationships.)


Beginning with a rigorous pre-screening, we accelerate the hiring process by thoroughly understanding our clients’ business, culture and priorities, and by leveraging our proprietary people-and-software-driven process. We typically present 3 or more highly attractive candidates within 3 weeks.



As an ex-CEO and engineer, Chris Berkner knows first-hand what it means to build a team and how to connect passionate engineers and executives with companies looking to change the world.   Chris works personally with his clients building long-term relationships built on trust and open interaction. 

I cannot begin to explain how lucky we are to have found Chris. He sat us down and talked through exactly what we were looking for through many dimensions – fit isn’t just through experience – and it was obvious he “got” our company and our values. The time he has saved us, and the talent he’s brought to our company, are worth every penny.”
— Colin Curtin Director of Engineering at Verba, Inc.