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Columbia Business Monthly

2019 SC 25 Fastest Growing Companies: No. 10 The Hiring Group LLC

LEADERSHIP Chris Yarrow | Co-Founder & Managing Partner and Brooks Israel  | Co-Founder & Managing Partner

INDUSTRY Technical staffing and recruiting 



If someone were to make a movie about your company, what would be the story you'd want to tell?

I don't know but it would be full of adventure, excitement, frustration, fear, a little luck and bats.

What is the one thing that you would want others to know about your company? 

We are the first and only technical staffing firm in the Southeast that offers our contract staff an employee benefits package that competes with top-level permanent employment offerings. 

How do you manage fast growth? What advice would you give to a company in growth mode? 

Not all business is good business. Make sure the growth is tied to the best business you can find because growth of bad business with challenging clients or bad margins only hurts you in the long run. And try to figure out how you're going to pay for it before you need it.

What lessons did you learn the hard way? If you could go back five or 10 years, what advice would you tell yourself? 

We put too much focus on the smallest area of our business, which led to a great one-time bump, but was a bad call for the long-term growth of our company. Looking back we would tell ourselves to hold the line and focus our energies on the business that reflects our core abilities and takes advantage of our differentiators.