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@DaveSchappell Hiring for startups 500 startups – may 6, 2014
What? Primary: Recruiting/Interviewing Tips Secondary: Focus on Customer Be Great at 1 Thing Hire Slow(er)
Who Am I?
How do you build a team?
READ: http://bitly.com/interview-neil Know what you’re hiring for Know what you’re going to ask Take notes Have an opinion & back it up
What Makes a Startup’s culture?
Recruit For Your Culture or…
Nice to haves Must haves Rails/Ruby Android 3 Years PM … Passion Customer Focus Work Ethic Certain Skills
Behavioral Questions Give me an example of a time you: … blew a customer away? (Customer Obsession) … delivered a key project under deadline? (Deliver Results) … improved a process of co-worker(Invent and Simplify) Dig: What did YOU do? How did you know it worked/didn’t? What could you have done better? Or, did you, in future? Give me another
Favorite other Areas Beginning What did you do to prepare for this interview? What are three ways we should improve our product, to blow away our customer? End 3 Adjectives people use to describe you Give examples of what you’ve done Give them time for questions Suster: ”No. Curiosity. No. Job.”
Where do you find stars? Friends/FOFss Referrals Past employers/ees Networking/parties Craigslist + Word of Mouth ABR (always be recruiting)
Other tips/tricks Interview cheat sheet (txt file) Don’t walk thru resume (lazy) Take lots of notes & type up interview Interview many candidates at once 4-6 interviewers (key employees, board) Assign areas of focus to interviewers Everyone log ‘votes’ before you meet Schedule in-person debrief with everyone
Check references? Yes, eyes wide open Look for great Probe on anything where not raving Find a way to talk to non-references Read Mark Suster post: http://bitly.com/improve-startup-hiring
All else When to Sell the Candidate? Recruiters vs. in-House? Referral Program? Comp Levels
1-Slide Mini-Topics Customer conversations Be Great at One Thing Hiring too fast once funds raised
Want Other Advice? @DaveSchappell http://blog.nosnivelling.com Mentor sessions tomorrow AWS Activate benefits for 500Startups This presentation borrowed from: http://twitter.com/#!/neilr http://twitter.com/#!/msuster