You are such a great help to us in figuring out what to do! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience.
I just placed a candidate with a large software company. I sent my standard placement agreement (25% fee) to HR but they did not sign it.
The HR person told me that we would get something processed if the candidate proceeded into the interview process.
The candidate then proceeded all the way through the process (in spite of HR stalling the paperwork), and just accepted the company’s offer of a base salary of $160k (plus another $40k in bonuses). At our standard fee of 25% of first year salary, it would be $50k.