Hiring for Startups (by @DaveSchappell)

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Collection of best practices from 20+ years of recruiting and interviewing, and some other startup best practices

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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 oKnow what youre hiring for oKnow what youre going to ask oTake notes oHave an opinion & back it up
  • WHAT MAKES A STARTUPS 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 INTERVIEWING
  • 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/didnt? 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 youve 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) Dont 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