I went on an interview a few days ago for a staffing agency in NYC that places accountants, financial executives, and lawyers. They charge a fee to the client of 25% of the first year starting salary of the candidate they place. For example, if they place someone into a $100k per year salaried job, they would get a one time fee of $25k from the client. The company would only pay me 5% for any placements that I do, which is horrible, and no salary. So if I bill $200k for the year, I would only keep $10k. That is about $5 per hour. I would also have to find my own clients and candidates. They don't pay for candidate advertising. The owner says that they provide a phone and a computer for me though, like no one has that at home nowadays. My question is...should I take the job, work there for a few months, learn the business, and then just leave and start my own firm? You have to be out of your mind to stay there for the long term to make a measly 5% cut of the total fee. Talk about getting screwed.