Forbes—in partnership with analytics firm Statista—compiled the list based on a number of different criteria, in particular the feedback received after surveying thousands of recruiters, candidates, and HR Executives who have worked with recruiting firms over the last three years. Those who were surveyed were asked to identify up to 10 recruiting firms (excluding their own), which yielded a total of 20,000 recommendations. The companies were then ranked based on the number of recommendations received.

“We are very grateful to have been named among the top search firms in the United States,“ said David Clapp, CarterBaldwin’s Managing Partner. “We are so committed to delivering an outstanding experience to every client and candidate we work with.  We are constantly pushing to be better, and this recognition is a great encouragement that we are focused on the things that matter most.”